Report: Jarrett Stidham expected to play in bowl game, enter NFL Draft
Jarrett Stidham has had a disappointing season after he entered the year looking like one of the best quarterbacks in college football, but that is not going to stop the Auburn star from foregoing his remaining eligibility to turn pro.
Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports that Stidham is planning to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. While the redshirt junior has not yet said if he plans to play in the Music City Bowl against Purdue on Dec. 28, Auburn is reportedly not expecting him to sit out.
Stidham, who transferred to Auburn from Baylor, helped return the Tigers to national prominence last year. He brought stability to a position of need for the program and threw for more than 3,000 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He added another 153 yards and four scores on the ground. This season, however, Stidham has thrown for just 2,421 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.
While he is no longer expected to go in the first or possibly even second round, most would still agree that Stidham is one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the country. A strong showing in the Music City Bowl could help his stock, assuming Auburn doesn’t try to pull out any wonky trick plays like they did in their biggest game of the year.