Aaron Rodgers is the cautionary tale when it comes to players accepting invitations to attend the NFL draft in New York. The former Cal quarterback who’s become one of the best quarterbacks in the pro game sat and sat and sat in the NFL’s green room during the 2005 draft. Twenty-three players were snagged before Rodgers was finally thrown a lifeline by the Green Bay Packers. The rest is history.
If you watch the NFL draft each year you know that Rodgers’ history is shared by ESPN and NFL Network with great regularity. When someone in attendance waits and waits, comparisons to Rodgers are inevitable. And who wants to be the last guy left in the green room?
The NFL has announced that 23 players have decided to risk an embarrassing wait on national television by attending this year’s selection party. Ten of those 23 players come from the SEC:
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
For those 10 young men it’s pretty clear that the dream of walking across the stage and grabbing a cap and jersey outweighs the fear of having to sit for a longer than expected time in the waiting area… with a television camera pointed at them.
Good luck to one and all.