Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate said Sunday at the ACC Football Kickoff that he had requested feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last winter, though he was all but set on returning to College Park this fall for his senior season regardless of the feedback he received.
The advisory board projected he would have been selected in either the second or third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Tate, who at the time still was a safety, said there were several reasons why he elected to hold off on pursuing his NFL dream one more year.
“I wanted to come back,” Tate said. “I knew I would be closer to my degree, and definitely with this whole (NFL) lockout thing, I mean, I’m glad the NFL is coming to an agreement and their will be NFL football this year, but back then I was like, I’ll definitely have a season, I’ll be closer to graduating and the NFL can wait.”
Tate said the only circumstances he would have left school with collegiate eligibility remaining was if the advisory board had told him he was a lock to be a first round pick. A first team all-ACC pick in 2010, Tate said he knew he would return to school even before submitting the requisite paperwork to the advisory board because he didn’t feel like he had reached first-round status yet.