With Nick Bosa projected as the No. 1 pick by more than a few folks, does his sitting out move become more widespread without the medical reason? Say you are a guy who played lights out as freshman and sophomore. You’ve show everything to the NFL that they need to see. Why risk playing another down, let alone a full season, when you will get paid really well in a year?
Pros: Guaranteed healthy for the league. No classes. Concentrate on strength, speed, conditioning to ace the combine. Cons: have to pay your way to support you – but if you are not coming back, signing with an agent who can support you is a real option. Risk getting passed by upcoming juniors and seniors.You have to get around the NFL rule that says they have to approve your draft eligibility if you have not used it up. NFL approves all juniors because they are 3 years past high school. This would open a new issue for the NFL to approve players who voluntarily sit out vs. Bosa’s medical (?) reason for sitting out. This would probably open a whole new battle front with CFB.
It’s not for everyone, but for those truly elite, "can't miss" players, if it's an option, I see it happening and sitting out bowl games will be a secondary issue. I guess I’m just suggesting a parallel to basketball’s “one and done” where everyone knows they are not staying for 2 or 3 years. Football is exponentially more dangerous than basketball, so why risk injury if your career path is pretty well set?