Shoudda, coudda stayed in school … No surprise here that the early part of the 2021 draft was dominated by underclassmen. Indeed, the first 9 players selected this year were either juniors or redshirt sophomores as were 9 of the first 10 players selected and 13 of the first 15. In fact, 23 of this year’s 32 players selected in the opening round were underclassmen.
However, it wasn’t all peaches and cream for underclassmen who did declare for the draft as close to 30 of the 130 or so juniors and redshirt sophs who did declare weren’t selected at all. And that number included several who were actually expected to be reasonably early picks including Alabama MLB Dylan Moses, Wake Forest WR Sage Surratt, Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson, Pittsburgh S Paris Ford, OTs Adrian Ealy of Oklahoma and Stanford’s Forest Sarell, Louiville RB Javian Hawkins, TCU CB Ar’darius Washington, Syracuse S Trill Williams and Florida State WR Tamorrion Terry. At the same time, a number of other underclassmen were selected much later than expected when they declared including OG Wyatt Davis and CB Shaun Wade of Ohio State, Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon, Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard, Auburn WR Seth Williams and Stanford CB Paulson Adebo.