The NFL Rookie Class of 2011: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

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The NFL Rookie Class of 2011: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
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Few NFL rookie classes will ever be able to hold a candle to the strange and bizarre occurrences that highlighted the offseason for the 2011 rookies. From the labor lockout, elimination of OTA's, cancellation of mini-camps, this class of rookies had the misfortune of joining the NFL at one of the worst possible times ever.

As if receiving just above bare-bones time with the coaching staff weren't bad enough, then we think about the reality of watching the new CBA come to fruition, and all these first-round draft picks watch in horror as their rookie compensation packages were drastically reduced.

What about those players that were good enough to make NFL rosters, but just weren't fortunate enough to be drafted?

They had to endure even more pain and hardships, as they were forced to wait for the NFL offseason to officially begin, when they could hopefully scramble to find a situation where they had a half-way decent chance of cracking a NFL roster.

Now that we are preparing for the new season to begin, we will take a look back at the wacky 2011 offseason, and what still lies in store for the rookie class of 2011.

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