2021 NFL Draft Prospects with the Most to Lose without a College Football Season


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As the days go by, it's looking more like we may not see any college football this season. Currently, 54 of 130 teams will not play college football this fall. It's uncertain how many more teams will follow. The lack of a college season is set to have a major impact on next year's NFL draft. Players with more to prove this season are really at a disadvantage, possibly losing the opportunity to improve on their draft stock. Here are a few of the top players I feel will be the most impacted by the loss of a college football season:


QB Trey Lance, ND State


Lance posted incredible numbers in his first season starting for North Dakota State (28 TDs, 0 INTs) and has already seen his draft stock skyrocket following his strong performance last season. He really has quite a lot to lose without college football in 2020, though. Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are mostly viewed as the top two draft-eligible quarterbacks this season, with Lance as a close third. Lance only has one season of tape under his belt against weaker competition in the FCS. This season would've given him his opportunity to prove this season wasn't a fluke. ND State was set to open their season against Oregon, too, which would've been a great opportunity for Lance to prove himself against stronger competition on a bigger stage and contend with Lawrence and Fields for the top spot.


QB KJ Costello, Mississippi State


Costello started 29 games over three seasons for Stanford, but started only fives games last season due to injury. He transferred to Mississippi State this season to play under Mike Leach, known for his Air Raid system. Leach's system most likely would've helped Costello put up career highs that could've helped him raise his draft stock. He's mostly seen a third day talent now, but easily could've climbed draft boards quickly playing well in the SEC.


WR Rondale Moore, Purdue


Most seem to view Moore as a first round pick already, but I don't think that's a guarantee by any means. Moore is one of the most athletic players in the nation, but his size (5'9", 181 lbs) and hamstring injury that limited him to just four games last season may scare teams away early on in the first round. He has the potential to be a complete game changer every time he touches the ball, but I think teams would feel more comfortable spending a first round pick on him if he was able to showcase he still has the same speed and explosiveness after his injury.