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Mark Herzlich will bypass UFL

NFL football draft prospect Mark Herzlich of Boston College throws a pass as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell blocks in New York AP

After going undrafted by the NFL, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich wasn’t a top-50 pick in the UFL’s draft for one big reason: Teams assumed he would pursue an NFL career first.

They were right.

SI.com’s Peter King wrote in MMQB that Herzlich will bypass the UFL and wait for a chance to play in the big leagues first.

(At least he didn’t say: “I’m not going to that shit.”)

It’s the path that the vast majority of high quality undrafted free agents will take initially.  Some players will head to the UFL or Canada, but we suspect most of them were extreme longshots in the NFL.

If the lockout continues into August, however, these prospects may start to realize what many college graduates do after graduation: It’s hard to pass up paid work when your dream job isn’t materializing right away.

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15 Responses to “Mark Herzlich will bypass UFL”
  1. myeaglescantwin says: May 9, 2011 9:57 AM

    please come to philly.

    i think this guy is goin to have a shot to surprise a lot of people. . cancer couldnt stop him, this is just gonna add fuel to that fire. god luck my man.

  2. raiderinpa says: May 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    Mark, Mr. Davis is standing on your doorstep with a contract in his hand, but cant ‘knock’ until these greedy spoiled brats get the damn CBA worked out!! Might as well start looking for housing in the east Bay Area!!

  3. geo1113 says: May 9, 2011 10:03 AM

    “It’s hard to pass up paid work when your dream job isn’t materializing right away.”
    _____________

    Herzlich is a winner. He will be just fine if he never gets to the NFL.

  4. NFL Football Now says: May 9, 2011 10:04 AM

    I’m still shocked he wasn’t picked by the Pats in the 7th. Don’t even think about doubting this man…

  5. suhnami says: May 9, 2011 10:07 AM

    DETROIT!! playing behind that D-Line is going to help you get back to 100% in no time Mark! Was hoping for you to get drafted to the honolulu blue, hoping even more for you to get signed here.

  6. dbellina says: May 9, 2011 10:11 AM

    Some team is going to get a heck of a bargain for signing him, when the lockout ends.

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: May 9, 2011 10:23 AM

    “If the lockout continues into August, however, these prospects may start to realize what many college graduates do after graduation: It’s hard to pass up paid work when your dream job isn’t materializing right away.”

    Yup. That’s how I went from computer science to sales. Welcome to the real world, kiddies.

  8. sfdefender says: May 9, 2011 10:36 AM

    Hope he keeps the option open. Quite postitve he’ll get a shot in the NFL, when they get their stuff together, in any case. UFL is getting their stuff together by finally dropping their transfer fee. Fringe players will catch on to the fact that they can get some money, and experience, while waiting for the NFL.

  9. txbearmeat says: May 9, 2011 10:47 AM

    It would be great if GB took a flier on him at LOLB. Couldn’t hurt – and he’s obviously a high character individual – which is right up TT’s alley.

  10. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: May 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    WASHINGTON….GRAB THIS GUY!!! Trust me. I slept at a holiday inn last night.

  11. dave1961 says: May 9, 2011 11:30 AM

    Why did the NFL invite Mark Herlich to the NFL draft… to embarrass this great guy? In a league that promotes second chances for felons, I am amazed that not one locker room thought this guy who played by the rules didn’t deserve to be drafted in 7 rounds.

    Pretty sad day for the NFL in general who gives drunk driver killers , dog killers, domestic abuse violators, not to mention, an Osama Bin Laden sympathizer, all chances to play football, but a guy who defeated cancer against incredible odds isn’t worthy of a draft pick? If second chances are part of the game, why was this player invited to the draft and embarrassed for doing things the right way?

    I hope my Cleveland Browns will give this guy a call and sign him to a contract. Mark Herzlich, in my humble opinion, fits the city of Cleveland like a glove. A city that no one ever gives a chance to and a player that was deserving of a chance to play, can only equal what the game of football is suppose to mean. Is America suppose to be the land of opportnity? Randy Lerner could be well served by insisting this guy be on his team and truly touch the hearts of his fanbase.

    What a gift this presence could be to a young lockerroom. Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren outta make this happen asap! I want my city to be known for signing players that do incredible things.

  12. str82dvd says: May 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    He’d be a perfect Buffalo Bill! These were the kind of awesome character guys that we filled out the squad with after building our insanely talented core back in the late 80s-early 90s.

    Haha, anyone from Buffalo has used the phrase “Late 80s-Early 90s” more than any other human on the planet (other than George HW Bush).

  13. southmo says: May 9, 2011 12:11 PM

    If the NFL is a monopoly, then who is this UFL everyone keeps talking about? Surely they don’t exist.

  14. granadafan says: May 9, 2011 12:38 PM

    Anyone who insults a potential employer is an idiot. Times are tough and you have to work where you can until another opportunity presents itself.

  15. rajbais says: May 9, 2011 2:41 PM

    Big mistake, Mark. You’ll be eligible for an NFL roster after Thanksgiving so just find a normal, orthodox football environment.

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