UFL Draft: Pat Devlin Declines Invitation To Join Alternate Football League
UFL Requests Contract Prior To Drafting Devlin
Pat Devlin was the last "name" quarterback who did not get drafted last weekend, but despite a phone call from the UFL, Devlin remains unsigned and undrafted.
Devlin, from Delaware, was considered a low-round prospect going into the draft.
Delaware QB Pat Devlin was targeted as the top overall selection in the UFL draft, but was required to sign a contract before the selection and chose not to do so, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Devlin will be one of the top undrafted free agents that can sign with NFL teams once the lockout is lifted.
This was a risky move by Devlin. Just about everyone can appreciate his dream to play in the NFL, and there is no doubt he will be courted by several teams once the lockout is lifted, but with the UFL, it was almost guaranteed he would be the starter.
While the UFL is not the NFL, if Devlin plays well, it is an audition for the NFL. No matter which team signs him in the NFL, he will be riding the bench unless something extraordinary happens.
At least in the UFL he would have a really good chance to start and get some more game experience. The rules of the UFL are not that much different than the NFL, and if he proves he can adapt from the college game to the UFL game, it is another point in his favor.
Overall I do not think this was the smartest move for Devlin, but it was his choice to make. I wish him luck.
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