The UFL conducted its draft Monday, mostly in obscurity. It’s fair to say that many of the guys this league drafted would normally be in the UDFA pool and the NFL would be swooping in to sign them this week. If the Appeals Court upholds the reinstatement of the lockout, many of these players will opt to sign with the UFL, and the eventual UDFA class, if there is one at all, will be noticeably watered down.
We’re getting to the time of year where teams are going to start missing meaningful events. The 49ers have their first mini-camp scheduled for the weekend after next. That’s the camp where the rookie draftees get introduced to their team, its play book, and NFL life in general. Not a disastrous loss for the 2011 season if this event does not occur, but the eight ball the Niners will be in the shadow of would get rolled onto the stage, ready to severely cripple Jim Harbaugh’s first season as the 49er HC.
Not to mention the season that Niner fans are hopeful of having.
One thing the lockout has already done is torpedo the dreams of this year’s crop of FAs. Unable to address team needs via free agency, most teams had to address them in the draft. [Ed note: the term “most” is completely bogus. No research was done on so much as even one team. Just a convenient assertion to puff up the significance of this paragraph. Reader beware.] Ergo sum etcetera, many [here he goes again] of the suitors for various FA services are no longer in the market. Hopefully, this has crushed Abrayo Franklin’s value around the league and the fat little sucker will just droop his butt and re-sign for one more year — just like Alex Smith is allegedly prepared to do.
Another player who could be impacted is Manny Lawson. Personally, I’d rather have Manny on the team than Parys Haralson. No offense, Parys, but you’ve been kind of useless the past two years. If newly drafted OLB Aldon Smith takes pass rushing duties from anyone, it should be Parys. “Just sayin'” is a popular tag-on here, but I hate that phrase, know what I’m sayin’? It’s as trite as “Git er done,” which was only worth one tee-hee in the first place, let alone a ten year run atop the blogorama bill board chart. Just sayin’.
This is the first time I’ve put up a post at an hour other than the roosters’ breakfast 6 am special. Giving it the old experimentation muck around. Skeebette tells me I fall into ruts and get stuck in my ways. I thought that was a compliment at first. But I now suspect differently. Anyway, I’m willing to make a feeble stab at random behavior this morning. Plus, it was nice sleeping in today.