2021 NFL draft opt-out tracker

Rob Rang

With conferences throughout the college football landscape struggling with how to maintain player safety and compete on the field during the global COVID-19 pandemic, sources suggest the recent trickle of players opting out on the season may not only continue, it could turn into a steady stream.

This is true not only at the FBS level but in the FCS, as well, with that division thought likely to push football ahead to the spring, which would conflict with the NFL's draft scheduled for April 29-May 1st in Cleveland. 

The majority of players opting out on the 2020 season are doing so with the intent of remaining in school and competing again at the college level.  

Some are choosing to be vague with their plans, such as Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks and Mississippi's Eli Johnson, though most believe both players will likely not play another down for their respective college teams.  

The following, however, is a list of the college football players who have publicly announced their intentions to forgo their remaining amateur eligibility and begin preparation for the 2021 NFL draft. 

Name | Position | School | Projected Round | Story, Scouting Report | Announcement

* Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech, 1st-2nd Round | Big CB with ball skills | July 29

* Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota, 1st Round | Savvy and sudden | August 4

* Micah Parsons, OLB, Penn State, 1st Round | Parsons a likely Top 10 pick | August 6

* Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami, 1st Round | 15.5 sacks in 15 FBS games  | August 6

* Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue, 2nd Round | Electricity personified | August 6

* Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh, 3rd-4th Round | As disruptive as stats say? | August 8

* Warren Jackson, WR, Colorado St., 4th-5th Rd | Rams latest star WR opts out | Aug. 16

* Kary Vincent, CB/S, LSU, 2nd-3rd Round | Speedy Vincent running to NFL | August 17

* Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan, 1st-2nd Rd | rSoph already a top prospect | August 18

* Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest, 4th Round | Smooth and sure-handed | August 19

* Jay Tufele, DT, Southern Cal, 1st Round | Rare quickness, power combo | August 19

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