The 2023 NFL Draft entry deadline has passed and first-round mocks are appearing with fluidity, so let’s take a look at players who may have benefited from another year of college ball. In the new era of NIL, it’s often advantageous for higher-profile players to play another season at their respective university or transfer elsewhere and reap the benefits of a marketing deal.
There’s the draft stock argument, too. Every player has a right to request advice from the College Advisory Committee committee before making a decision and rest assured, all included here have done so. We don’t pretend to know every player’s financial concerns and realize many athletes leave the collegiate ranks for various other reasons. Also, any early-entries who are projected first-rounders are not listed. Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson would likely benefit from another season with the Gators, but considering the Day 1 buzz associated with his talent level, his decision to skip his final campaign was the right one.
Earlier this week, colleague Chris Hummer revealed his winners and losers at the NFL Draft deadline with a heavy emphasis on the team aspect and which programs are in good hands after early-entry decisions.
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Here’s a look at nine players who could be making a mistake by skipping their final year of college football: