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NFL advisory committee to issue grades to juniors next week

2021 NFL draft underclassmen

We see it every year. Juniors declare for the NFL draft only to get selected much later than they expected, and in some doomsday scenarios, don’t get drafted at all.

In an effort to avoid such a damaging blow to juniors who are contemplating turning pro, the NFL established an advisory committee that offers an assessment of a prospect’s likely draft grade. It isn’t an exact science, but it provides underclassmen with valuable information in order to make a more educated choice.

According to longtime draft insider Tony Pauline, the advisory committee will issue those estimated draft grades next week.

The advisory committee, which is comprised of high-level personnel evaluators from NFL clubs and directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations, issues the following projections: potential first round, potential second round, or neither.

With the college football season winding down, underclassmen declarations will begin trickling in. They’re likely to come sooner than usual because of the uncertainty COVID-19 has caused around post-season play.

A record 111 underclassmen declared for the 2020 NFL draft. A total of 103 declared for the 2019 NFL draft. This year’s total should fall in that same range.

Bryan Perez

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