Last November, citing concussions, Oklahoma tight end Grant Calcaterra announced that he was stepping away from football. At the time, Calcaterra was considered to be one of the best tight ends in the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, some had a first round grade on him. Today, with the 2020 College Football season scheduled to start in a month and a half, Grant Calcaterra has announced that he’ll be returning to football.
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— Grant Calcaterra (@grcalcaterra) August 15, 2020
What Impact Does Grant Calcaterra’s Return Have On The 2021 NFL Draft?
Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, the tight end class has quite a bit of talent at the top end. Pat Freiermuth of Penn State, Kyle Pitts from the University of Florida, and Brevin Jordan from the University of Miami (FL.) are considered to be at the top of the class. However, based on his 2018 film, Grant Calcaterra does everything better than those that I just named.
Even if Grant Calcaterra doesn’t live up to expectations that he set, he’s still a top five tight end in this draft class. To simplify the process – things just got a whole lot more interesting.
Where Does Calcaterra Play In 2020?
In his above statement, Calcaterra announced that he’d be entering the transfer portal. Additionally, he thanked Coach Gundy, as in his offensive coordinator Cale Gundy. To take things a step deeper, Gundy is the brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. A transfer to Oklahoma State would make sense for the tight end. Grant Calcaterra would be an immediate upgrade at the position for the Cowboys and would certainly welcome his return to football.
If Oklahoma State isn’t a potential landing spot for Calcaterra, he could potentially look at the SEC or ACC. The University of Auburn or Florida State could both use a player of his caliber on their depth chart.
Regardless of where Grant Calcaterra decides to play in 2020, his return to College Football is undoubtedly impactful.