In recent years, there has been a growing number of college football underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, a number of those players fall through the ranks and end up going undrafted, leaving them without a college degree and with an uphill battle to succeed during their professional careers.
Because of the underclassmen choosing to jump ship early and ultimately falling short of their goals, there are a handful of coaches that would like to see changes to the draft process.
One of those coaches is Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn, who discussed the matter this week at SEC Media Days.
As far as Malzahn is concerned, he would be open to a potential rule that would allow underclassmen who go undrafted to return to college without giving up their eligibility.
“I think that is something to definitely look into. I know Bret [Bielema] from Arkansas, we talked about that, and I thought that was probably a good idea at least to discuss,” Malzahn said, via Rivals.
It would be a rational, logical tweak that would benefit the student-athletes.
If their best interest is truly all that the coaches and league had in mind, it would be a change that could very take place. Unfortunately, there are not enough coaches like Malzahn and Bielema currently voicing their opinions publicly, so we may have to wait a while until any real change happens.