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Record 56 Players bolt college early for the Draft.

We all know some of the main points that sell a rookie on declaring for the NFL Draft early: The prospect of a Tidy wage, scaling higher per year depending on your projected drafting round, Coming in right before the rookie pay-scale is implemented, and the risk of playing Collegiately one more season while risking career-threatening injury that could severely effect the quantity of money a Draftee is set to make upon entering an NFL career. As I was reading this article, I realized I had solely thought about reasons to Declare, only theorizing the basic reasons (this year) for a recruit to continue collegiate athletics. -The chance to finish a degree -friends/family -One/Two more years of honing your craft and strength training This article opened up the entire Debate to me, magnifying the potential risks of joining the NFL this year, and how much of a crap-shoot it could become for rookies. The dust will be settled by the 2012 draft, clarifying many issues that are present right now for a rookie to think about, but this year's CBA uncertainty has had to challenge the governing mentality a player (possibly) and an Agent will go about formulating a decision and plan of action as to how to go about declaring and marketing the Athlete's play. Perusing through the list, here are a few items that have expanded my outlook and opened up new questions and situations for and about a Draftee's status: % Owners are intent on having a rookie wage scale be part of a new CBA. Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote about "the outrageous sums paid to many unproven rookies" in a recent letter sent to fans about the labor situation, and such a change could apply to the 2011 draft class. % Part of this is common knowledge for the majority of us as fans. The interesting point is that we all see a Rookie Wage Scale as a point that will undoubtedly make it into the CBA, and as the point listed above it within the article states, Rookies will only be able to sign with their teams Once the CBA is in place. this is a tremendous gamble for top picks this year, in a situation that was once only decided by either School Loyalty, Draft Position, and educational responsibility. By taking such a gamble, unless a delay is placed on a RPS till the 2012 draft, these rookies will have no advantage in this department over staying in college till next year. % It's possible there won't be a 2011 NFL season, so players leaving college could wind up sitting out an entire year. % How many rookies have really looked at this as a possible detractor from declaring for the draft? depending on who you ask, the CBA is either Destined to be put into place, keeping the NFL money-pipe flowing, or we will Definitely have a lock-out. How much emphasis was being played out by agents and scouts towards the player as to the very possibility of this happening, if any? I had not really paid any mind to it as a factor, but I am not a 1st round prospect, now am I? % Entering the pros sooner starts a player's NFL "clock," moving him closer to his second contract and free agency, which could be particularly attractive if a rookie wage scale is created. % I know in some instances, this has been played to in the past. getting your 5 year deal out of the way, and hopefully playing well the last two will net you a nice Second Contract or a trade/free agency to cash, but how many NFL rookies think seriously about the long road ahead? my father was friends with a member of the pat's practice squad (OL) in the early 2000's (when they were winning playoff games and championships) and even with the lower payscale, he was encouraged to spend gregariously. after 4 years as PS fodder and eventually a backup job, he's spent all the money and currently works as a clerk, somewhere in columbia, MO. How often does the 'Second Contract' come into play before negotiations for the first even occur, and does this often influence the length of contracts for teams and first/second round picks these days? In short, My eyes have been opened up a bit more to the NFL Draftee's variables that help shape their decision. How else do you find they could be swayed either way to be drafted or remain with their colleges for a situation like we have experienced this year, even as the declaree's have already signed on the dotted line?

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