Despite the spending constraints imposed on each organization by the new collective bargaining agreement, fewer prospects honored their college commitment than expected. In fact, due to the accelerated July 13 signing deadline, most players signed within a few weeks of their selection.
For a majority of the early draft picks, it seemed as though signing quickly and beginning their respective professional careers was a no-brainer. However, for those players who slid out of bonus-baby territory, the decision to sign and forego a big-time college scholarship was far more difficult.
Here’s a look at numerous draft picks selected within the first 10 rounds who may have benefited from attending college.