NFL Lockout Day Four: To Draft Or Not To Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Von Miller of Texas A&M works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The 2011 NFL lockout continues on into day four and the topic today is the 2011 NFL draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday afternoon that the NFLPA was telling incoming rookies not to attend the 2011 NFL draft in New York, apparently as some sort of boycott against the league.

Schefter has updated his report with a little more information.

First, a union source now tells him it's a "recommendation" and not an order. Well...yeah. Because the NFLPA (or whatever they call themselves) can't order the rookies not to go. In fact, they couldn't even order them not to go if they were still the players association. Rookies aren't technically part of NFLPA membership. It's part of the reason they are the ones being partially sacrificed with the rookie wage scale.

I imagine the union changed this to a "recommendation" once they saw the less-than-positive reaction to the news.

Second, the report now suggests the players will be doing something on their own "down the street" from Radio City Music Hall. 

The only reason I can think as to why they would do this is that Von Miller is on the lawsuit against the league which means they apparently feel the NFL draft violates antitrust lawsuits. Thus, they can't sue on one hand, and attend the draft on another. That's just my guess, though.

George Atallah, spokesman for the non-union union, says they'll explain their side today.

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