2021 NFL Draft: Players who could opt out if college season delayed

Trevor Lawrence, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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2021 NFL Draft, Ja'Marr Chase
2021 NFL Draft prospect Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the LSU Tigers (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Wide Receivers

  • Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
  • DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  • Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  • Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
  • Rondale Moore, Purdue
  • Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

Among plenty of others, and piggy-backing off of what I said on the running back slide, I think the wide receiver position would join running back as one to have the most players opt-out of a delayed 2020 season.

Ja’Marr Chase is coming off of an other-worldly season at LSU where he somehow averaged over 21 yards per reception. He looks like a future NFL star and even with just one big season of production, he would probably be a top 10 pick in next year’s draft.

DeVonta Smith could have been a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft had he declared, along with his Alabama teammates Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy.

Tylan Wallace got hurt last season at Oklahoma State, but was on a tremendous pace before that. The same could be said of Purdue’s Rondale Moore. Players who were injured last season and came back to rehab their injuries and draft stock would almost certainly not risk getting hurt in a Spring season and missing out on the 2021 NFL Draft.