NORMAN — In all likelihood, Trey Millard's NFL Draft stock won't rise or fall much over the next 12 months.
Fullbacks simply aren't a hot commodity on draft day, which is one of the primary reasons Millard considered skipping his senior season at Oklahoma and entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
But after Oklahoma's Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M, the jack of all trades announced he'd play one more season of college football anyway.
Between last month's NFL Scouting Combine and last week's Oklahoma Pro Day, does Millard have any regrets?
“No, not at all,” Millard said. “Whenever I made my decision, it was stuck right then. You've gotta live with the decisions you make. That was my choice, and I did it by myself, so I'm confident with it.”
Millard and cornerback Aaron Colvin opted to stay in school, unlike classmates Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson and Tom Wort.
Colvin's reason for staying was obvious; with another season of college football, he could dramatically enhance his draft stock, possibly even becoming a first-round selection.
Millard's opportunity for a similar rise is unlikely, and he knows it. But he said another college season will make him a better football player.
“You're not gonna necessarily gonna go first round (as a fullback), so if you are gonna make a lot of money at the next level, it's gonna be by your second contract if you're playing a long time,” Millard said, adding that the best way to increase the odds he'll get a second contract, “would be to come back and continue to get better as a football player.”
Millard (6-foot-2, 259 pounds) rushed for 198 yards on 33 rushes — an average of 6 yards per carry — last season, and also caught 30 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns.
At Oklahoma, he's typically been used as a blocking fullback. A few days before the Cotton Bowl, Millard said he's heard lots of different possibilities for his role in an NFL offense.
“Some people say that I'll play more of a running back,” Millard said. “I've heard a bunch of different things, more of a W or a tight end that doesn't necessarily have his hand down on the line.”
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has typically advised players against early NFL Draft entry, saying players are wise to maximize their earning potential.
Despite the likelihood that Millard's draft situation won't improve with another season, Stoops said in January that he still believes his decision to return was the right one.
“You're gonna be running into Ray Lewis'; you need to be ready for it,” Stoops said. “I think another year in the weight room — he's a true junior — is gonna help him. Getting more experience, those kinds of things.”