UFL Draft 2011: Which Undrafted NFL Prospects Will End Up in the UFL?
Pat Devlin One Of The Bigger Unclaimed Players
The UFL is going ahead with their 2011 season whether the NFL does or not. In fact, the absence of an offseason program is good news for the UFL.
With the lockout, and the NFL franchises unable to sign any undrafted free agents today, the UFL is taking advantage of the situation. Their draft begins today.
The UFL is banking on the Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis implementing a full stay of the lockout injunction. If the stay is not granted, Mueller, Glanville, and their competitors will have little chance of signing rookies who went undrafted by the NFL but were selected by the UFL.
The catch is that any player signing with the UFL will be bound into a contract, according to Breer, and unable to job-jump into the NFL. So players like Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin, and West Virginia running back Noel Devine would be taking quite the risk by signing with the less desirable football league.
With so much uncertainty, a lot of these players may decide any paycheck is better than no paycheck.
If the NFL lockout extends into the summer and affects training camps and the beginning of the season, that is when the UFL will be playing their games and that is when these players all can be seen.
The players could just sign a one-year contract and hope for the best. Looking good in any league is a good audition for the NFL.
There will be a lot of undrafted players who end up in the UFL because they know they will be starters over there while their chances of being starters in the NFL this year are slim at best.
Once the court decisions are made, things will become clearer. Until then, speculation rules, and the UFL will draft whoever they are able to draft.
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