Wisconsin’s Rachad Wildgoose will not play rest of season to focus on 2021 NFL draft

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In the last few years, it has become common for top college players to skip their teams’ bowl games and focus instead on the NFL draft. This year, we’re seeing college players make the same move, but do it during the regular season.

The latest is Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose, who revealed today that he will not play the rest of the season and will instead focus on the 2021 NFL draft.

“A piece of my heart will always remain in Madison,” Wildgoose wrote. “Having said that, I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL draft.”

Wildgoose joins Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who also announced this week that he’s leaving college to turn pro. Wildgoose was slated to cover Bateman on Saturday, but the Minnesota-Wisconsin game was canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak at Minnesota, and now both of them are moving on.

8 responses to “Wisconsin’s Rachad Wildgoose will not play rest of season to focus on 2021 NFL draft

  1. if i was anyone not on clemson, nd, bama, osu i would opt out. its clear these 4 teams are going to the playoff even if they all lose 1 more time (clemson can only afford their loss to be to nd). why risk your health regarding covid if you are planning on going into the draft

  2. Their season is over as this is the 3rd game canceled. No reason to risk injury playing for free. Go get paid son.

  3. edukator44 says:

    November 27, 2020 at 10:58 am

    if i was anyone not on clemson, nd, bama, osu i would opt out. its clear these 4 teams are going to the playoff even if they all lose 1 more time (clemson can only afford their loss to be to nd). why risk your health regarding covid if you are planning on going into the draft

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    1st off although yes the players would love to win a championship contrary to what the majority say that’s not their #1 priority, putting film on tape and improving their draft stock is their #1 priority. That said when you feel that playing likely wont improve your stock anymore and you’ve been eliminated from even having a chance at a big 10 championship then theres absolutely no reason to stay

  4. Rachad has 2 years maximum of eligibility remaining at Wisconsin. Before this season I had him rated as going undrafted and having a hope of someone picking him up as a UDFA. Not a lot has changed during this season.

    Rachad at the VERY best is a 5th round pick. Perhaps he wants to attempt to up his stock by draft prep, but honestly I don’t see his stock rising all that much.

    I don’t get this move by Rachad, but wish him well.

    #OnWisconsin!👐

  5. None of these NCAA FBS games should count. No legitimate Champion can be crowned based on this cluster of a season.

  6. That’s why they need to do away with the charade of college football. Make it into a feeder league for pro football. 90% of the athletes could care less about the academics. The only ones that care are the schools and NCAA who profit millions.

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