In a year where there is an astounding amount of speculation about the quarterback position and which of them will opt to declare after this season for the NFL Draft, especially among redshirt sophomores. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley’s ‘representatives’ have met with Jay-Z, the face of Roc Nation, his venture in being a sports agent. The meeting was about Roc Nation potentially representing Hundley, should he opt to declare after this season.
The obvious speculation is that Hundley is leaning towards leaving after this season. Fans of UCLA would like Hundley to come back and potentially lead the Bruins to a National Title or PAC-12 title next year. For Hundley, the move would be a huge gamble. The success rate of redshirt sophomore quarterbacks making the move to the NFL is minuscule. The lack of starting experience, the weight of representing an NFL franchise, financial responsibilities and just living on their own can be a significant amount of stress on a player in addition to just trying to work to get better at quarterback.
As a result, the failures have been spectacular with the most recent example being Blaine Gabbert, who was the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Missouri. Gabbert has been a disaster in Jacksonville in part because he was rushed, which has put the Jaguars in position where they are expected to take Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville if they have the chance. It is difficult to tell a player like Hundley to stay in school as opposed to taking the money and going to the NFL, but holding off for a year might reap more financial benefits down the road.