As a result of the overwhelmingly negative reaction from the fans about the alleged boycott of the NFL Draft, union spokesman George Atallah has issued a statement saying, "The NFL Draft is special. Players and their families will be in NYC. It just maybe different. We will provide details when we can." This means that all the top prospects WILL be attending the NFL draft and we still may see someone hoist our Beloved Purple and Gold. They will be available for interviews with various networks after and things will go as they have in the past.
The draft will have a different feel to it, however. Apparently the NFLPA is cooking something up as a show to make the draft feel different. An example would be that, instead of going on stage and shaking hands with the Commissioner, they may walk across that stage to DeMaurice Smith instead.
Overwhelming fan reaction and reactions from some of the potential rookies has apparently lead to the Union backing off of their original plans. An ESPN SportsNation poll of over 75,000 resulted in over 72% of respondents saying the move was a bad public relations move. Current LSU cornerback and disputed top prospect, Patrick Peterson, referred to being drafted as, "a big moment to go up there and shake the commissioner's hand and get that jersey and hat. It means a lot. I definitely want to go."
In this time of NFL uncertainty, the draft has become one of the few items of stability that fans have latched on to. Mock Drafts and speculation have flooded the internet and everyone who follows the sports has the date circled. It's good to know that the draft will go as planned on April 28. I'm looking forward to watching it with my fellow Viking fans at Winter Park and I hope to see many of you there. SKOL VIKINGS!!