2011 NFL Draft: Remember, There Will Be No Undrafted Free Agency

In an ordinary league year, football fans everywhere would be wearing out the F5 buttons on their keyboards on sites such as this one, frantically trying to track what has become known as the National Football League Draft's "eighth round," which consists of the mad rush to sign undrafted free agents. Yes, even after 254 players have been selected over the course of three days and seven rounds, there is still plenty of talent out there to be had.

However, as we are already too well aware, this is not an ordinary league year. Because of the on-again, off-again, on-again NFL lockout, this year there will be no undrafted free agent signing period, and there will not be until the labor situation gets resolved.

So, if you were waiting to see whether or not the Vikings were going to be grabbing any undrafted free agents. . .sorry, it's not going to be happening. Not today, in any stretch.

However, this brings me to a question I would like to ask you fine folks. . .a hypothetical, if you will. Let's assume, for a minute, that you're a college football prospect that thought you had a chance to get drafted, but your phone wound up not ringing on Saturday afternoon. Just because the NFL isn't going to be calling you any time soon doesn't mean you have to worry about not getting a job playing football.

After all. . .you could start fielding calls from the UFL. Or the CFL. Or the Arena League.

So, this leads me to ask what exactly you would do if you found yourself in that situation. Would you hang back, wait for the NFL to resolve its labor situation. . .keeping in mind that a) you don't know when that's going to be and b) in the meantime, to clean up a line from the movie Friday, you ain't got no job, and you ain't got nothin' to do.

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