Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa believes he’s ready for the NFL right now. The eye test suggests he’s probably correct in that claim. Alas, he cannot participate in the NFL Combine and go pro because he hasn’t been out of high school for three years.
An extra year of seasoning will give him an opportunity to improve his draft position and Bosa himself pointed to the importance of extra reps. But what if there was a system in place that would allow players of his caliber to go-around the typical rules?
My humble proposition: a small panel of experts with both professional and college backgrounds to evaluate freshman and sophomores who wish to enter the league. The same idea could be applied to the NBA for kids just finishing high school. The panel could be instructed to take a conservative approach and only allow those who clearly meet the requirements through.
Just a kernel of an idea. Someone smarter take the reins on this.