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We saw 4 quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft and it was somewhat surprising to say the least. Now the work officially begins, the problem is that the work has not begun…not for the coaches nor the players.
The fact that the league has canceled the rookie symposium does not bode well, but this may be just a way for the NFL to show how serious this is and hopefully try to scare the players into doing something; who knows.
The league has praised this mandatory activity in the past, a stage in which they speak to rookies about how to manage themselves in the NFL and tips on managing their money, so this comes as a surprise.
The larger issue in terms of football is the impact this lockout or negotiation will have on the players and the level of football being played if in fact football is played at some point. These four quarterbacks all underclassmen have been drafted to play sooner rather than later; aside from Blaine Gabbert who will most likely back up Garrard until he is given the reigns in Jacksonville.
This will not only affect the young signal callers, every rookie will be affected and their impact will be limited. The NFL is hard enough already for seasoned veterans who have played in the same systems for years, so the learning curve will be even steeper for players who must learn more in limited time.
One thing we forget about is the undrafted guys who make this league… along with free agency, this is how teams are built and while this portion of the offseason is postponed so to speak the business of the NFL and the teams is left unfinished.
Also these players are not given a fair opportunity to make a team and do not have a realistic chance to play and make a reasonable impact on the game.
I strongly believe that there will be games played this season and the season will start on time but the game might suffer for the first few weeks. Veteran quarterbacks like Alex Smith and McNabb will benefit from this steep learning curve for rookie quarterbacks and we most likely will not see a player like Sam Bradford this season.