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Report: NFLPA* tells incoming players to boycott draft

Top 2010 NFL Draft prospects appear atop the Marquee of Radio City Music Hall for photo call in New York

17 of the top 2010 NFL Draft prospects appear for a photo call atop the Marquee of Radio City Music Hall in New York, April 21, 2010. The 2010 NFL Draft will be held April 22 at Radio City Music Hall. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


The non-asterisked NFLPA, back when it was a labor union, advised incoming rookies to attend last month’s Scouting Combine.

The NFLPA*, now a trade association, reportedly wants those incoming rookie to eschew any invitation to attend next month’s draft.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that "[t]he NFLPA[*] already has contacted 17 top prospects that ordinarily would have received an invitation to attend the draft and informed them not to go.”

The NFLPA* has even considered making the players available on another network for post-pick interviews.

Frankly, we’re not sure how the NFLPA* can tell the incoming rookies to do anything. The NFLPA* no longer has any control over the players. Even when the NFLPA* was the NFLPA, they couldn’t tell players who have yet to be drafted to do anything.

Bottom line? This could get interesting.