The NFL Draft provided answers to a lot of questions, and we now have a clearer look at what teams will look like in the upcoming season. After the chips had fallen where they may, some players were among the top draft picks despite skipping bowl games and limiting workouts while others suffered drastic falls despite going through every drill.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, we might start to see more star players sit out of their bowl game in hopes of protecting their paychecks in the future.
Who can blame a player who wants to cash in on the massive amounts of work and abuse he has subjected his body to? A college football season is brutal, and unless you are playing for a legitimate championship, there is little more to prove by the time bowl season rolls around.
By then, scouts have everything they could conceivably need on tape.
This past season, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were torched for the decision to sit out of their bowl games. Experts predicted that the decision would cause teams to balk at selecting them, fearing the almighty “character flaw” label. Fournette and McCaffrey were selected No. 4 , and No. 8 overall in the draft, respectively.
Meanwhile Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt decided to play in the Orange Bowl and blew out his knee. The injury likely caused him millions of dollars as his stock plummeted and he was selected in the fifth round.
Butt’s insurance police kicked in when he wasn’t selected in the top half of the third round; he will receiver $543,000 from the policy.