The NFLPA* is adamant that it will not ask players to boycott the draft in April. But that doesn't mean every NFL player believes it's a good idea of the two dozen or so players who normally trot out onto the stage at Radio City to do it this spring.
Giants linebacker Michael Boley was on Sirius NFL Radio this weekend with Jack Arute and Jim Miller and was asked about the odd situation of players being welcomed to the NFL while they are technically locked out:
“I think with that whole [situation] I think it’s unfortunate," he said. "From what I’ve heard this is a huge class of underclassmen coming out. If this would have been something that could have been avoided, you know, you’ve got guys who could have potentially went back to college, finished getting their degrees, played their last season. But here you are, they’re stuck in limbo of are we going to play or are we not? I think it’s tough on them.
"Personally, I wouldn’t see them like to go to Radio City (sic). Like you said, it’s a situation of you want me to look this guy in the eye and shake his hand but there is no clarity as far as whether we’re going to play or not. But you want me to commit to something that [is] a maybe.”
Boley may not make the most grammatically correct argument, but it's clear how he feels.
Not that the Giants have to worry too much about it. They haven't had a draft pick at the draft since Eli Manning, and technically he was introduced as a Charger. The Giants pick 19th in the first round this year, so it's unlikely that they'd be taking any of the superstars who would be in attendance.