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#61 Mackus

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:22 PM

Would hiring an agent make him ineligible for collegiate athletics? And then making him draft eligible, three years after high school?
 

 

He'll be draft eligible 3 years after high school no matter what, so yes.  While the rules do say players who have yet to exhaust their college eligibility must apply for draft eligibility, I don't think anyone has ever been denied, so as long as he waits 3 years from his HS class graduating (technically the player does not have to graduate), he can then be drafted.

 

 

NFL has undrafted free agents. With today’s structure, and the fact that they don’t play American football for real anywhere else, it’s just uncharterted territory to give an undrafted FA a newsworthy contract way more the more than minimum, or having teams fight over a UDFA.

 

Undrafted free agents are all guys who were draft eligible just not chosen.  Lawrence would be draft eligible 3 years after his HS (so for the 2021 draft), and presumably would be taken in that draft whether he plays the next two years for Clemson or for the XFL Fingerblasters or whatever ridiculous team names they come up with this time.



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Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:24 PM

I'll add that I'm not certain about any of this, just my interpretation of the rules I've been able to stumble across in various places.



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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:44 PM

Would hiring an agent make him ineligible for collegiate athletics? And then making him draft eligible, three years after high school?

I guess I’m thinking of it in like old, baseball, intl’ free agent terms. Pretend the XFL is a foreign entity, and a player emerges with insane talent. None of those guys go through the MLB draft. They just go to the highest bidder.

NFL has undrafted free agents. With today’s structure, and the fact that they don’t play American football for real anywhere else, it’s just uncharterted territory to give an undrafted FA a newsworthy contract way more the more than minimum, or having teams fight over a UDFA.

 

It seems less like baseball, and more like the NBA, where international players still have to go through the draft to enter the league.

 

I guess the difference is someone like say, Gus Edwards was draft eligible and not selected. Where as Lawrence if made draft eligible would defiantly get picked. Unless also like some MLB prospects he enters the draft with “signability issues”. Tells teams don’t draft him, he won’t sign. Then when the draft is over, listens to the highest bidder. But I still don’t see that ever be a case.

 

Remember Drew Henson? The Texans drafted him in 2003 while he was still playing baseball for the Yankees' organization. When he decided to retire from baseball and give the NFL a shot in 2004, they traded him to Dallas. They used a sixth on Henson, and ended up receiving a third (in 2005) in return.

 

Now, the articles I read about this note that the Texans only held his rights for a year (I thought it was longer), so theoretically a player could sit out a year. However, I don't think that they could ever become a free agent entering the league until officially going undrafted.

 

Really, this would be less about whether Lawrence could circumvent draft-related rules (unless, again, he sues) and more about what he wants in terms of college vs. professional life, development, etc.


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