Watching the NCAA baseball College World Series on TV Monday made me reminisce back a year when I was fortunate enough to attend the event.
The experience in Omaha, Nebraska is something that all sports fans should try to experience once.
As the game moved along, I started thinking about how the average age of players at the CWS were probably much higher than the players in the Final Four or the College Football Playoff.
This led me to think about how different the draft process is for collegiate players heading into the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL.
The easiest one to look at is the NFL as a player cannot enter the NFL Draft until after he has been out of high school for three years.
There have been fans who think that players should be allowed to declare for the NFL Draft before their junior year, or redshirt sophomore year, in college.
The obvious reason it has always remained at three years, despite a couple of players suing the NFL about 15 years ago, is because 99.5% of 19- and 20-year old kids would be physically dominated and maybe even hurt against guys in their mid-20s into their 30s.
In Major League Baseball, high school players can be drafted and signed right out of school.
However, if a player that is drafted goes to college, he must stay for three years before he is eligible to once again be drafted.
If a player is drafted after three years in college but decides to stay for his senior year, then he reenters the draft after he has exhausted his eligibility.
The telling stat, when it comes to the MLB Draft, is that only three percent of kids drafted out of high school who go straight to the minors eventually make it to the majors whereas six percent of college players drafted make it to the “Big Leagues.”
There are so many levels of minor leagues for players to work their way up through.
In the NBA, there is currently the “one-and-done” rule where a player must be out of high school for one year to be eligible for the NBA Draft.
The rule is close to being eliminated and it could be gone as soon as the 2022 Draft.
The rule was put in place because too many high school kids were being given bad advice, usually from family or acquaintances who were looking to make a few bucks for themselves, and it left them out of the NBA and broke with no degree and no skill to make a living.
With the NBA Draft taking place Thursday night, 60 players will find their names called, but many will be international players from overseas.
In the NHL, a player can be drafted at the age of 18 and the team owns his rights for three years even if the draftee does not sign right away.
If a player goes to college after being drafted, he is still property of the team until 30 days after the player has left college.
Once the player decides to not sign, the team is gifted a future compensatory pick if the player ends up playing for someone else.
So regardless of which sport is being discussed, each professional league has a unique set of rules to be drafted.
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