As we march toward the start of the 2013 college football season, the NFL Draft scouting community continues to work to obtain a baseline understanding of the eligible prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.
One of the toughest challenges that an evaluator faces is the assessment of a prospect who is coming back after a year away from the game. Whether due to injury or transfer rules, players that miss the most recent season of action require a combination of film study and overall “gut feeling” when projecting their likely draft value at the start of the new year.
Aaron Lynch is a perfect example of this conundrum.
After an impressive freshman season at Notre Dame, Lynch decided to transfer to USF and return to his home state of Florida. As a result, he was forced to sit out the 2012 college football season. Had he played last year in South Bend (and repeated his 2011 performance), it’s conceivable that we’d be talking about him in the same breath as Jadeveon Clowney. Continue reading