Kliff Kingsbury’s agent, Texas Tech alum Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group of Houston, also represents Johnny Manziel and Jace Amaro for this year’s NFL Draft.
But before that could happen, Manziel, a redshirt sophomore, and junior Amaro had to make sure they wanted to go pro.
Once a contract is signed, any eligibility left in the NCAA is gone.
If an athlete is expected to go in the first two rounds, it’s hard to pass that paycheck up and risk getting injured the following season.
As the bowl season begins and the NFL playoffs begin, blogs and different NFL insiders begin to predict who will enter the next draft and how high he will go.
Those remarks can help a student-athlete decide whether to stay or go, and the NCAA helps with this conundrum as well.
Texas Tech is required by the state of Texas to hold agent week. Registered agents can come up and meet with the student athletes. Tech does not pair them. This happens in April.
Further, if an underclassman is seriously considering entering the draft, he can request a confidential draft evaluation from the NFL without jeopardizing his eligibility.
Those who are at least three years out of high school may receive a limited assessment of their potential to be drafted in the first three rounds. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft this year was January 15.
Those who enter early are required to sign and have notarized a petition for special eligibility with the NFL, which renounces all remaining collegiate eligibility unless revoked within 72 hours of the draft declaration date.
In September, the NCAA discovered that less than two in 100, or 1.6 percent of NCAA senior football players will get drafted by an NFL team.
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