It already sounds like ancient history.
But if you think back to when the 2020 NFL mock drafts first started popping up, many of them included Stanford QB K.J. Costello as a potential first rounder.
Much has changed since then.
Costello (6-foot-5, 222 pounds) entered the season on the Davey O’Brien, Maxwell Award, Johnny Unitas and the Manning Award watch lists. But a concussion knocked him out of the season opener and caused him to miss several games. Once he returned, the senior suffered a hand injury following losses to UCF and Oregon.
Finally, Costello had a breakout game in Stanford’s last contest, passing for 322 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions while completing 70.5 percent of his passes in the team’s 41-31 win over Arizona.
Stanford followed that up with a bye week.
Now healthy and rested, Costello has a “… chance to salvage what has been a frustrating final season on the whole,” writes NFL draft analyst Eric Edholm, who also says the QB has the size and experience in a pro-style offense that teams are looking for.
“NFL teams appreciate his toughness and intelligence and believe there’s a prospect in there. Can Costello keep it going Saturday? It could be a big game for him with the Cardinal sitting at 4-4 and needing every win they can earn to gain bowl eligibility with a tough schedule after that,” Costello said.
Stanford plays at Colorado on Saturday.