You might be wondering why I choose Matt Barkley as the main title image for this article.
Who wouldn't though?
Matt Barkley is the most recent example of how the decision to come back for your senior year can have drastic implications and consequences on a player's draft stock. Everyone now knows how Barkley's decision to remain at USC ultimately backfired and caused his draft stock to slip out of control, in a season in which he and his team fell drastically short of it's goals.
We also know that sooner or later every decision we make in life does come back to us in one way or another. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad; however every decision we do make truly ends up shaping us for the rest of our lives. It's what you do with the outcome that truly defines you, which Barkley will have every opportunity to do in the coming months and years.
This is the exact reason there is no right or wrong answer; only opinions. It would be foolish of me to say that each one of these players in the following slides are making “huge” mistakes that will ruin their futures in the NFL. I don't believe that at all. In fact, I believe the majority of the players on this list will go on to have very long and productive careers at the next level.
It's hard for me to fault a player for coming back to school. It shows maturity beyond years to turn down millions of dollars and risk your entire future for an education. On top of this, none of us really know what kind of pressure each one of these young individuals is under. Whether it be an internal or external influence, every individual on this list faced a very tough decision that I respect and commend them for making.
Nonetheless, every decision does come with potential consequences and ramifications. These are the three players I felt made a decision that may not necessarily ruin their futures, but potentially cause adverse effects on their future draft positioning.