In case you ever consider leaving school early for the NFL, you should know about the NFL Advisory Committee.

I’ll be the first to tell you that there’s going to be times in life when you’ll have to take risks.

But I’ll also be the first to tell you that you want to make the risk “calculated” as often as you can.

Did Edwin Baker make the right decision to leave school early? (ICON Sports)

And if you consider leaving school early, the NFL Advisory Committee will help you make a calculated decision about what you ultimately choose to do.

I gathered some information from some credible people about the Committee, and in this post, I’ve gathered what I personally felt was the most important information to know.

Below are links to the articles.

Make sure to check them out for yourself in case there’s something I overlooked that you might find valuable.

Inside the NFL Advisory Committee

NFL Draft Advisory Board – Wikipedia article


Lesson #1 – What Does the NFL Advisory Committee Do?

In Inside the NFL Advisory Committee, Greg Gabriel, a former NFL Scout with nearly 30 years of experience, and a member of the Advisory Committee, explains exactly what the committee is all about:

The major purpose of the committee is to give college underclassmen an idea of what their NFL value is…  the league formed this committee so that they could give players a fairly honest evaluation of their ability…  the league felt that if they could give players an honest opinion of their draft stock then they could make a well-thought-out decision on whether or not to enter the draft.

In my humble opinion, if you’re thinking about leaving school early, it’s a no-brainer that you’d want to get some feedback from this committee before you made your decision.


Lesson #2 – The Process to Getting Evaluated


In the same article, Gabriel explained that in order to get evaluated, you have to fill out paperwork and submit it by December 17th.

You need to sign the paperwork, and have either the NFL liason at your school, or your school’s director of football operations sign the paperwork as well.

You can submit it a little late, but if you do, the committee can’t guarantee you that you’ll get a full evaluation.


Lesson #3 – You Don’t Want to Leave Early Without Getting an Evaluation


Believe it or not there’s players that leave school early every year that don’t get an evaluation first.

Unfortunately, a lot of these guys end up getting a rude awakening on draft day, when they find out the hard way that NFL teams didn’t think as highly about them as they thought.

My thing is, why the heck would you want to go through that?

Number one, why would you unnecessarily put yourself at-risk of the embarrassment of declaring early and  not getting picked at all?

Number two, why put yourself at-risk of having to live with the regret of not returning for your senior year, if you get drafted way later than you expected?

…or even worse, if you fail to get picked-up at all?


Lesson #4 – The Assessment is Done By Credible Sources


The opinions you get back are straight from the horses mouth.

Why you’d declare for the draft early, without getting feedback from this group, is beyond me.

Especially after you see who’s involved with the evaluations.

Gabriel on who all is involved in the evalaution process:

Every team in the NFL and the Blesto and National Scouting Combines are involved with underclassmen evaluations… they assign the evaluation to at least 4 different clubs and the two scouting combines… they are looking for a consensus opinion… if after they get grades back there is not a consensus then more clubs will be asked to evaluate the player. The committee wants to give the player the most honest and accurate evaluation they can.

Again, it’s not like they’re just throwing some crap together, they’re actually making sure they come up with a consensus amongst everybody thats involved.

You’re not just getting the opinion of the personnel from just one team.


Lesson #5 – How Much Can You Trust The Feedback?


Great question.

Gabriel says that they’re grading you based on your film, and in some cases, on what they’ve seen in person.

They don’t take into account your medical situation, because your medical exams haven’t taken place yet at this stage.

That’s something to keep in mind.

As we talked about before, your injury history, and what NFL teams think about it, can impact your draft stock tremendously.

You also want to keep in mind that the committee isn’t including your character assessment in the feedback they give you.

And as we went over before, your character can play a major role in your draft stock.

So considering these points, you can’t necessarily take the feedback you get as the gospel, per se., but it’s better than going into it blind, nonetheless.

That’s it for part one.  Check back soon as I’ll pick up where we left off.

If you considered leaving school early, would you seek the feedback of the Advisory Committee, based on what you know so far?

Why or why not?  Leave a comment below!

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