In an effort to cut down on the number of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft, the league will change its pre-draft feedback system, reports Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Underclassmen considering declaring for the draft can consult with the NFL Draft Advisory Board, which provides feedback and likely ranges players will be drafted. In the past, players could receive one of five grades: 1) as high as the first round, 2) as high as the second round, 3) as high as the third round, 4) not in the first three rounds or 5) not draftable. Now the Advisory Board will only give three possible grades: 1) as high as the first round, 2) as high as the second round, or 3) neither, which according to the NFL manual means, "they should remain a student-athlete maturing as a potential prospect while continuing their education."
Additionally, the Advisory Board will impose limits on how many players per school can receive grades. In the past, any underclassman could request draft status feedback from the NFL, but now teams will be limited to five players. Additional players per team may apply, but the Board may refuse to give feedback.
A record 98 underclassmen declared for the 2014 draft.
FYI: Saban was correct. Per @NFL, underclassmen will now be given 3 grades: 1st-round, 2nd-round, or neither, which equals "stay in school".— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 17, 2014
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