UFL Draft: Mark Herzlich Drafted Low, Indicates He Will Not Play
Herzlich's Health Problems Create A Draft Problem In Two Leagues
The UFL held its draft on Monday, and Mark Herzlich was drafted 51st overall. The UFL draft only was 52 players deep, but Herzlich is considered high risk.
The UFL drafted from the pool of players who went undrafted in the NFL, and Herzlich was one of them. Herzlich is a cancer survivor, and all 32 NFL teams felt he was too big a health risk to use a draft pick on.
Ordinarily, Herzlich would have signed a free agent contract by now, but with the lockout in full effect, that can not happen.
The UFL is an option, but because of Herzlich's unique situation, even the UFL was reluctant to draft him.
He likely didn’t go higher because the five UFL teams realize that Herzlich will be more inclined to sign a free-agent contract with an NFL team, once the lockout is lifted, either judicially or otherwise.
Herzlich can play, and whichever team he ends up signing with will end up with a steal.
As for the UFL, those players stand to gain a lot by showing up and playing, especially if the lockout continues into the summer. With no other football on, the players can get more exposure, and playing well, even in the UFL, can do wonders down the road.
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