Though the NFLPA* has yet to give an unequivocal green light to attending the draft, it’s clear that there’s no red light. Even before the NFLPA* adopted that stance, one of the members of the incoming draft class made it clear that he will attend the festivities, if the NFL asks him to.
“I haven’t been invited yet, but I’m hoping to get invited,” Florida center Mike Pouncey told Sporting News on Monday. “I’ll bring my brother up there and a couple of my family members.”
His brother is Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, a first-round pick in 2010. Maurkice Pouncey did not attend the draft last year.
“I’m going if I’m invited,” Mike Pouncey said. “I just feel like it’s a dream I’ve wanted my whole life. We’ve busted our tails to be in the draft, and it’s a dream come true.”
Mike Pouncey also said he fears no eventual backlash once he arrives at the NFL.
“I’m not too worried about that,” Mike Pouncey said. “I respect their feelings because they’re great players. But as far as them keeping us from going to the draft, I’m totally against it.”
So, basically, the Pouncey brothers could be engaging some lockout lip-lock at Radio City Music Hall.