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All but one undrafted player left the green room after Thursday night

AP

Remember when Geno Smith didn’t get picked in the first round of the 2013 draft, declared he wasn’t returning to the green room for the second night of the proceedings, but then did? That’s a dynamic that has become glossed over now that the draft has become a road show.

A total of 21 players showed up for round one. Five went undrafted. According to a league spokesperson, only one returned on Friday: Washington cornerback Kevin King.

The other four opted not to return. Those who left were Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell, and Alabama tackle Cam Robinson.

King had a short wait on Friday. He was the first pick of the second night, to the Packers. Two of the other guys who left, Robinson and McDowell, went second and third, to the Jaguars and Seahawks, respectively. Kizer was the 20th selection in round two to the Browns, and Awuzie went 28th in round two to the Cowboys.

It’s up to the players whether to go and whether to stay. And they can leave whenever they want. Unless and until the NFL pays them a fee to show up and to stick around, it’s entirely up to them whether to continue to be, as Joe Thomas described it, unpaid actors in a soap opera.

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10 Responses to “All but one undrafted player left the green room after Thursday night”
  1. teal379 says: Apr 29, 2017 7:57 AM

    Says a lot about King’s character. Regardless about how you feel about the NFL using these guys as props – he committed to something and saw it through.

    Have to like that.

  2. I Understand The Catch Rule says: Apr 29, 2017 8:28 AM

    And I’m already a fan of this guy for doing that. He said he was disappointed he didn’t go in the first but stuck around to see it thru and walk across the stage. It might not be on the football field, but to me, it shows some form of resiliency and pride for him to do that while the rest of the players left. I will be pulling for Kevin King in the NFL.

  3. atthemurph says: Apr 29, 2017 8:41 AM

    The rest are quitters.

  4. imodan says: Apr 29, 2017 9:05 AM

    We need more Joe Thomas’s

  5. jackedupboonie says: Apr 29, 2017 9:18 AM

    These guys are unpaid props. Do you blame em? Hopefully soon, they stop going at all. The NFL saps every dollar it can out of the fans and it’s future players to put this charade on.

  6. donbat67 says: Apr 29, 2017 9:32 AM

    hows that for a kick in the ego ?

  7. tubaplayingprof says: Apr 29, 2017 10:15 AM

    My lovely, smart wife, walking by as I’m watching the draft: “Wouldn’t it better television for the players to be surrounded by their families and team mates, instead of getting br0-hugged by that horrible commissioner you keep complaining about?” Then she said, “How many days is this? Wasn’t it just one?”

  8. zeke2517 says: Apr 29, 2017 10:18 AM

    I think anyone who goes to the draft is kinda douchey, from the weirdos who actually pay to sit in the audience to the commissioner himself.

  9. truthinesshurts says: Apr 29, 2017 10:31 AM

    Commissioner Bro-Hug

  10. truthinesshurts says: Apr 29, 2017 10:36 AM

    Goodell whispers to each draftee while bro-hugging:

    “You can be a great player, but beware I may choose to screw you over with no evidence someday!”

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