Originally Posted by kiwi
It still does matter, although the financial gap is not as wide as it used to be.
E.g. Barkley was (at minimum) the consensus #3 QB last year. Assuming he was picked in the same spot Tannehill was (8th overall), he would have recieved a contract of 4 years $12.6 million.
If, however, he slips this year to the 2nd round, he will receive a contract of 4 years, approx $3 million.
This is $10 million dollars that he will never be able to recoup.
But staying and going 7-6 for a USC team that was expected to compete for the national title.... PRICELESS!