University of Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson is going pro.
Jackson announced the news Sunday. It’s a bit of a mind-boggling decision because NFL talent evaluators told him to return to school in order to refine his schools.
Instead, he jumped directly into the draft waters.
Buffalo’s strong-armed QB Tyree Jackson declares for the NFL Draft. He was considering leaving to go somewhere as a grad transfer. He’d gotten a ‘you should return to college’ evaluation from the NFL this winter.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2019
I really don’t understand this decision from Jackson at all. He could become a grad transfer, find a big program to play another year at, or he could just stick with Buffalo for another season.
When draft evaluators tell you to get better, then you should listen to them. There are huge differences in money guarantees by different NFL rounds. Going in the second round pays much differently than the sixth. (RELATED: Here Were The Best Moments From Wild Card Weekend In The NFL)
There’s no doubt Jackson has NFL skills. They’re the same skills that have let him light up college ball. He’s got a big arm, he’s got a massive body and those are two of the most important attributes that come into play at the next level.
Jackson could become a very good NFL quarterback. He has the raw tools he needs, but the experts think he just needs more time.
Why he’d ignore them in favor of jumping to the NFL is beyond me. Jackson could get drafted in the seventh round, get virtually no guaranteed money and be out of the league in a year or two.
That would be bad. At least if he’s a second round pick or higher, he gets a nice pot of guaranteed money.
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He better hope this works out because he’s going to look like an idiot if it doesn’t.