The 2021 NFL Draft is just around the corner.
There will be plenty of interesting storylines to watch, especially with some early trades, but another unusual circumstance entering this year’s draft is the COVID shortened 2020 college football season.
A handful of top prospects opted out of the past season in order to focus on their NFL Draft prep, but how will that impact their evaluations?
According to Pro Football Talk, at least one NFL owner with a top 10 pick is not interested in players who opted out.
Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley was one of the stars who opted out and he says he was asked about his decision while meeting with teams around the league.
“I’ve got it from teams,” Farley said. “But at the end of the day, it’s just my personal situation. . . . I mean, it was something that I couldn’t ignore it, you know, I didn’t have peace about the situation. . . . It didn’t matter if I was the only one. I had to play it cautious. That’s just what I felt in my heart. And I don’t want to look back and regret because to this day I’m, COVID free. My father was COVID free and you know, I, I just gotta thank God.”
LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, and Penn State pass rusher Micah Parsons are also first-round prospects who decided to opt out.
It will be interesting to see if any players who opted out fall in the draft and just how far.
The 86th annual NFL Draft will be held across three days from April 29 to May 1.
This year’s draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, incorporating FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.