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NFL Draft 2011: Should the Draft Choices Show Up to the Draft?

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  C.J. Spiller from the Clemson Tigers holds up a Buffalo Bills jersey as he poses with friends and family after he was selected number 9 overall by the Bills during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Michael PerchickCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2011

For those of you who have not been living under a rock for the last week, the NFLPA decertified 10 days ago, meaning Shane Falco is set to make a comeback.

All jokes aside, the decertification has led to a lockout of America's most popular sport. With the NFL Draft fast approaching, a debate has formed over whether college players should attend the draft.

For the most part, many players are urging their future teammates to skip the draft as a show of solidarity.  Others, including outspoken Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, have urged the college stars to show up and hear their names called.

Both sides of the argument have valid points.  For those who believe the college players shouldn't show up, it would be a great way to earn respect with the veterans of the league and would be another stand against the owners.  If the players were to show up to the draft, it would be an example of them bending to the owners' wishes and could cause future contention amongst the players.

But hearing your name called, and going on stage for the photo opportunity is an incredible memory and something every college kid dreams of.  Is it fair that these kids will have their dream diminished because of labor negotiations that they're not even part of yet?

So—should the players show up to the NFL Draft?  Post your opinion in the Comments Section below. 

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