Should have stayed in school? 4 B1G underclassmen go undrafted
The decision to either declare for the NFL Draft or return to school for another year at the college level can be a tough one. Sometimes, players leap at the opportunity to perform at the next level, even if there’s some uncertainty about their status.
Only a handful of B1G underclassmen endured the pain of declaring for the NFL Draft without hearing their name called this year. Four players from the conference will have to rely on undrafted free agent contracts to kickstart their NFL careers.
It’s not a high number, considering 48 former B1G players were selected in this year’s draft. And the conference doesn’t make up a large percentage of underclassmen not getting picked, as a total of 28 players who could’ve returned to school were not selected, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The four players who went undrafted from the B1G were:
- Oluwole Betiku, EDGE, Illinois
- Javon Leake, RB, Maryland
- Cody White, WR, Michigan State
- Elorm Lumor, DL, Rutgers
All four will have the chance to prove they belong in the NFL and carve out a roster spot as undrafted free agents. We’ll see if any of the four are on a roster next season.