Posted by: ewadd986 | 03/15/2011

New Look to the Draft?

As most NFL fans know the league officially locked out the players last Friday after the two sides were unable to come to a deal to extend the current collective bargaining agreement.  Check out my last post that explains this a little more.  Right now in the lockout the players are no longer employed by their teams and players aren’t even allowed to return to their old facilites, the Titans are one team who have already locked their doors.

At first it was reported that the NFLPA wanted all draft prospects to boycott the draft to spurn the owners.  Today the NFLPA executive director Geogre Atallah tweeted “The NFL Draft is special. Players and their families will be in NYC. It just maybe different. We will provide details when we can.”  Things will be different though.  Instead of walking across the stage at Music City Hall it is thought that players will be invited to an alrernate event so that the NFL can’t get the access to the players they would want.

The whole situation is ridiculous.  The ones who really lose in this situation are the draft prospects who are unfairly being put in the middle of this whole mess.  I don’t think it’s right that a player who has dreamed his whole life to be the number one pick and to hear his name and walk across that stage to shake the commissioner’s hand is having that taken away from him because of someone else has an agenda.  The draft prospects are put in a weird situation because they will be interviewing with owners who they are currently locked out against.  They will definitely have pressure to side with the players wishes since they will be joining their side in the lockout.

Ultimately the draft will still go on although in a new light.  It is still unclear what the 17 prospects who have been invited will decide to do.  I think that most will ultimately side with the players but it is still possible that a couple of prospects could be swayed to still take the NFL stage.  We will have to wait to see how this unfolds to see.

George Atallah


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