High draft grade doesn't sway Abdullah away

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

LINCOLN — Had Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah chosen to enter the NFL draft instead of returning for his senior season, it appears the NFL wouldn't have minded.

In explaining his decision to return at a press conference at Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Abdullah said the draft grade he received from the NFL College Advisory Committee was “really high — definitely high in the first half of the draft.” Asked if he would have left for a first-round grade, Abdullah briefly paused, smiled and said, “It was very high — it was right around that ballpark.”

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