NFL.com draft analyst Albert Breer had an interesting look today at players who decided to stay for one more year and whether it impacted their draft status.
Included is UW cornerback Desmond Trufant with the conclusion that staying another year undoubtedly helped him. Probably goes without saying that having your last college game be one in which the opponent scored 67 points wouldn’t have been the best last impression.
The story also concludes that Matt Barkley’s draft stock likely wasn’t impacted much by staying, that where he gets picked may ultimately be where he would have been selected had he come out last year. Many would say the same of Jake Locker, who decided to stay after the 2009 season and then after a 2010 year that wasn’t quite as individually illustrious as he hoped, was still taken No. 8 overall. While some had pegged Locker as a potential top pick in 2010 (including Mel Kiper Jr.) that remains a real hypothetical to assume that’s where he would have really gone — we’ll never know for sure.
The interesting point of the article is that in a lot of cases, the performance on the field in that final season may not matter as much in determining draft status as some may assume.
— Next, in a continuing series from the CoachSark.com featuring UW coaches “mic’d up” during practice, here is defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi: