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AlCroTraz: rookies should go to draft

New York Jets corner back Antonio Cromartie talks

New York Jets corner back Antonio Cromartie talks to the media as his team prepares for their playoff game against the New England Patriots. (Jan. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Joe Epstein

With all the talk about blue chip college players attending an alternate event on draft day instead of going to Radio City Music Hall, at least one prominent veteran suggests that the rookies should go to the draft and enjoy the moment.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a former first-round pick of the Chargers, wrote on his verified Twitter account  that the top prospects should accept a man-hug from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when they're picked on draft day. 

"I hope all the top guys go to Radio City and get the experience as everyone else did," Cromartie wrote. "I think the fans that go radio city loves it."

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith might sponsor an alternate event, where he would shake the drafted players' hands when they're selected. There is no final decision on whether the NFLPA will hold the separate event, and many players have said they haven't thought about whether they'd attend an NFLPA ceremony or the regular draft. 

Cromartie is no stranger to offering opinions that differ from those expressed by the NFLPA, which has decertified and is now suing the NFL on antritrust grounds. The NFL is locking the players out. Cromartie criticized both sides in January for their inability to agree on a new labor deal. 

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