It never will be known whether Colts safety Joe Lefeged would have avoided an arrest on weapons charges if he had the benefit of attending the Rookie Symposium. It’s possible, if not probable, that he still would have gotten in to trouble.
But at least the effort to provide Lefeged with the full extent of the information provided at the annual event for first-year players would have been made.
Only drafted players attend the Rookie Symposium, as Ross Tucker explained during Friday’s PFT Live. Undrafted players don’t, presumably due to the high cost of sending them and the reality that most will never make it in the NFL.
Those who do, like Lefeged, should be asked to go to the Rookie Symposium before the start of their second season.
Of course, even if undrafted players were invited as rookies, it wouldn’t have mattered for Lefeged. The NFL scrapped the event in 2011, due to the lockout.
Moving forward, Lefeged’s case hopefully will prompt the NFL to consider whether undrafted rookies should be asked to attend the event once they have proven themselves capable of securing and holding a roster spot.