As Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported in Monday Morning Quarterback, the NFLPA* met Monday to decide whether to hold an event in New York at the same time the NFL conducts the draft.
Per multiple reports, the NFLPA* apparently has decided not to go head-to-head against the draft.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that it is “unlikely” that the NFLPA* will hold a competing event. Dan Graziano of ProPlayerInsiders.com reports that the NFLPA* will not be holding an event concurrently with the draft. Instead, a party will be held at a later date, possibly on Saturday night.
Graziano also reports that the NFLPA* plans to schedule Thursday, Friday, and Saturday events for incoming draft picks, but that none of the events would conflict with the draft.
The news suggests that the NFLPA* has decided not to discourage rookies invited to the draft from attending it.
If that’s the case, the NFLPA* needs to make that message clear to the rookies.
UPDATE: Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that a reception and dinner will be held for incoming rookies on Thursday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The event will end with sufficient time for the prospects to make the trek to Radio City Music Hall. Another event will be held before the second day of the draft begins on Friday night, and the NFLPA* will host a party on Saturday night, after the draft ends.