Andrew Jelks will try his hand at the NFL and has declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. The Commodore left tackle signed with Tier 1 Sports Management and will now get himself ready for the school’s Pro Day this spring.
— Tier 1 Casey (@Tier1SportsMgmt) January 2, 2017
Jelks was on the All-SEC Freshman team in 2013 and started at left tackle as a sophomore for the Commodores. Unfortunately he was injured in 2015 and 2016 and didn’t get to play. There was talk that he might come back in 2017 to play one more year in Nashville since he still had a year of eligibility left but ultimately Jelks decided to give the NFL a try.
Due to his injury situation Jelks likely won’t get invited to the NFL Combine in February. I would imagine his best shot at making the league would be getting invited to a rookie mini camp and catching the eye of a coach. That could lead to an undrafted free agent contract. Jelks is a big question mark for NFL scouts and he will have an uphill climb getting into the NFL.