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Name, Image, and Likeness agreements are one reason prospects are putting the NFL on hold, with the number of early entry players entering the draft declining from 100 to 82.
Not all underclassmen or early graduates are ready for the rigors of the pro game, and some who request an honest assessment from the advisory board can’t handle the truth.
While special cases exist, such as prospects jumping to the NFL to relieve a financial burden on their families, there are many prospects who could benefit from one more season at the college level.
Here’s a look at a few early entry options who could’ve been boosted by another year on campus:
1. Anthony Bradford, OG, LSU
A hulking 6-foot-5, 345-pound guard who started two years in Baton Rouge, Bradford’s power is interesting. He doesn’t have the movement skills that teams want, and a lack of range is debilitating.
2. Brandon Hill, S, Pittsburgh
One of the biggest surprise declarations in 2023, Hill was a good player for the Panthers, but he doesn’t have any high-end traits. He isn’t a top athlete, and without the size to be an impact run defender, there’s just not enough on the tape to warrant the jump yet.
3. Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty
Douglas was reasonably productive. His limited size could’ve pushed him to transfer and prove he could hang with high-level competition as he risks being undrafted.
4. Lew Nichols III, RB, Central Michigan
A serious downturn in 2022 was a hit to Nichols, who led the nation in rushing in 2021. Returning for another shot to reach previous standards was his best play.
5. Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State
Good player with average size and technique. At a position where draft picks aren’t typical investments, spending another year or two in development would’ve aided Wypler’s chances.
–Field Level Media