Seven big-name college football standouts who could be in for long wait in 2024 NFL draft

2024 NFL draft For many of college football’s most accomplished players, the NFL draft provides a signature moment as they transition to the professional ranks. Others, however, face a harsh fate – and wait – over the course of the three-day event.

This Thursday, the first round will be shaped by several marquee names, including USC’s Caleb Williams, Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy. Yet there are plenty of other all-conference – and even All-American – selections who will be left to become late-round draft picks or undrafted free agents.

As the 2024 NFL draft kicks off this week, keep an eye on these seven notable figures who could be in for an extended wait before they’re picked.

Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis (13) reacts after scoring against the Clemson Tigers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium.
 

A sixth-year senior in 2023, Travis made the most of his extra time by notching an 11-0 mark with the Seminoles before being sidelined by a leg fracture in November. That injury undoubtedly complicated his pro outlook, but he likely was already facing an uphill battle to stick in the NFL for the long term.

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