Auburn football alum's draft process will be somewhat a mystery

Feb 2, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Bo Nix of Oregon (10) tosses souvenirs as Senior
Feb 2, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Bo Nix of Oregon (10) tosses souvenirs as Senior / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL draft process for Auburn football alum and 2023 Heisman candidate Bo Nix figures to be somewhat a mystery according to Mike Farrell Sports' JC Nevils.

"While not having the best week of practice, with the limited action he did get, Bo Nix surely made the most of it," Nevils wrote. "It seems like he comes to the moment and plays his best ball when the stage is set. Nix finished the game going 4-5 for 21 yards and a score to TE Brevyn Spann-Ford.

"His draft process will be somewhat a mystery but he showed his talents this past weekend. Nix is a wild card, but is a guy who could be successful with the right team."

Pro Football Network's Owain Jones believes fans should brace for the possibility of Nix being drafted higher than expected come April 25.

"Fans should prepare for Nix to be drafted much higher than many realize," Jones wrote. "At Oregon, he has been one of the top QBs in college football over the last two years and has the traits and experience that should allow him to slot straight in at the next level."

Auburn football alum Bo Nix could be thrust into QB1 role during NFL rookie year

There's a distinct possibility that Nix could be thrust into a starting job during his rookie season in the NFL depending on where he lands. Franchises like the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos could be looking to part with their highly-paid incumbent options (Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson) and could look to roll the dice on the five-year collegiate veteran in the SEC and Pac-12.

Would that be the best idea? History says that Nix is capable of bursting onto the scene with a new team as he did with Oregon, and his development over the years cannot be overlooked. Perhaps the past pressure for Nix to perform on the Plains outweighs even his NFL expectations.

Like his draft process, though, projecting Nix's career right now is somewhat a mystery. But he's certainly inspired first-round confidence with his growth.