Even though Texas Longhorns junior wide receivers Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey are preparing for Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl in New Orleans agains the Georgia Bulldogs, the topic of their upcoming decisions about the 2019 NFL Draft has been a consistent one in recent weeks.
On Saturday, that was once again the case during a media availability. As expected, Humphrey said that he’s fully focused on beating Georgia, while Johnson indicated that he has not yet decided about his future. He’s locked in with his preparations, too.
So, what type of feedback have the receivers received from the College Advisory Committee, which now provides a more simple ratings system — potential first-round pick, potential second-round pick, or neither. The rating of neither is essentially a recommendation to stay in school.
Johnson said that he was not rated as a potential selection in the first two rounds, but plans on discussing his options with his family before announcing his decision.
“They recommend I stay in school,” Johnson said. “They have a great committee in place. They have been fairly accurate when you look at it over the past couple of years. With that being said, you still have to weigh out your options and talk to your family. Right now, I am just focused on finishing out the season and playing Georgia.”
Humphrey, on the other hand, wasn’t willing to discuss the feedback he received, though there are enough questions about his top-end speed, what receiver position he’ll play in the NFL, and multiple suspensions at Texas that he likely received the same feedback as Johnson.
Of course, several Longhorns players ignored the feedback from the advisory committee last season. Both players will also have to weigh the question of how much they can improve their draft stock by returning for another year of college football.
Can another season effectively answer the questions that scouts have about their skill sets considering how much each improved and how productive they were this season?
From the Texas perspective, sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger is working on convincing both players to return:
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger on convincing receivers Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson to return for their senior seasons pic.twitter.com/TXNAEXQdU0— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 29, 2018
His pitch is based on the understanding that many successful teams are able to excel at an elite level because the best players return for their senior seasons. And that could well hold true for the Longhorns in 2019.