Some of y’all have mentioned Trent Thompson leaving school early for the NFL draft, only to go undrafted. For us, he’s the face of this statistic:
Thompson was one of 37 of a record 106 underclassmen who declared to go undrafted, according to NFL.com.
So if you’re a kid who leaves early, you’ve got roughly a one-in-three chance of not being drafted. With that kind of percentage, someone needs to explain why it’s a bad thing for kids like Thompson — and note that he has signed a pro contract post-draft — not to have the option of returning to school if his dreams aren’t met.
Would it lead to some potentially messy roster management issues? Perhaps. But I’m guessing if Kirby has his druthers, he’s rather have that problem than losing a talented, experienced kid for good.