"The NFL Players Association will not stage an alternate event head-to-head versus the NFL on the first night of the draft, instead opting for a three-day celebration that will not interfere with the televised airing of the selection process on April 28 and 29. The players' association announced on its website, NFLLockout.com, on Monday that it will hold the "2011 NFLPA Rookie Debut" in New York, starting April 28 with a private reception and culminating with an event on April 30 involving draftees, current players and their family members and sponsors."
I am glad the NFLPA will allow the rookies to attend the draft. I think it's a great opportunity that every kid growing up wants to have. To hear your name called, put on the hat, and shake the comissioner's hand. I understand the lockout situation, but every top rookie should have that chance to go on stage, especially the top 5 picks.