Commentary

No mass exodus

Contrary to popular belief, the Clarett ruling will not lead to a mass exodus of college freshmen and sophomores.

Originally Published: February 9, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Contrary to popular belief, the court's decision to allow more players into the NFL won't create a large departure of players. Don't expect a flood of high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores dotting the NFL draft landscape. There are just too many obstacles for those players to overcome for it to become a big deal.

The position most affected by this ruling is running back, because it's an easier transition for college players. The Associated Press has picked a running back as offensive rookie of the year 29 times out of the 37 years it has voted.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.

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