Penn State coach says prospects would benefit from NFL delaying the draft

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Count Penn State coach James Franklin among the people who think the NFL draft should not go on as scheduled.

The league is going ahead with the draft, which is now less than three weeks away, but Franklin said it’s clear to him, both from talking to people in the NFL and from talking to his own players, that the process is fundamentally flawed with players unable to visit with teams.

“I’ve had a lot of [General Managers] calling me about the draft,” Franklin said, via the Centre Daily Times. “Our guys are not able to have a pro day . . . That’s the thing that I would say has probably been challenging and concerning. I wish the NFL would push the draft back to take pressure off all these players, to take pressure off these universities and agents . . . so [the players] still have the best chance to be evaluated.”

It’s undeniable that players this year don’t have the same opportunities to pitch themselves to NFL teams that players in the past have had, and that NFL teams don’t have the same opportunities to closely scrutinize players that teams have had in the past. But the NFL’s view is that as long as all 32 teams are playing under the same restrictive rules, it’s a level playing field. And so the draft will go on.

14 responses to “Penn State coach says prospects would benefit from NFL delaying the draft

  1. All that nonsense is overrated. Every team thinks they have some magic formula that if its upset in any way will throw them off. Everyone’s got the same restrictions – deal with it.

  2. Franklin can take a long walk off a short pier. That guy is so overly dramatic that if Penn State wises up and cans him he can go right into a Broadway play the next day. And don’t even get me started with the unsportsmanlike culture he runs at PSU. Kent St game a couple years ago, up like 55-3 and still throwing the ball late in the 4th. THEN calls a timeout to let his kicker try a 50+ yard FG as time expires. Kid hit the FG and ol Franklin is jumping around like the kick just won them the National Championship. Get out you clown!

  3. How about telling them to apply for real jobs. No more NFL and no more sports will be played. How is football helping the globe? Suckering fans with overpriced tickets and fixing games, not good!

  4. If you are a draftable player, you have played 2-3 of high level football. What more do you need? People forget that the draft still happened before Mel Kiper made it into it’s own industry.

  5. It’s pointless to push it back when they have no idea when the conditions are going to change. So you push it back and then hold it when? 3 months from now? Even longer than that? There is not going to be a chance to have pro days and in person visits for the foreseeable future and these guys need to accept it. Nothing is ideal right now so the best you can do is work with what you have.

  6. Ok, then let’s just cancel the draft and the season and have a double draft next April

  7. Well, someone along the way needs to tell us how long we’re to hide. Every day increases slightly the chance for an actual economic depression to emerge as smaller companies go bankrupt. Depressions cost lives too. They also have nasty side effects like crime, divorce, and draconian seizures of liberty. Viruses don’t cause these things. No one is telling retired people to commence with their shuffleboard tournaments, but the treatment advances and kick starting industry to make necessary equipment to control the virus is likely to save the economy post incident. What happens if no one is sick anymore, but there’s 45+ million job losses (predicted by the federal reserve bank of St. Louis), what’s to go out to? How can you cope-even if you have a job-if 1 in 3 people in your town are out of work? Will they play nice?

  8. The Draft is a crapshoot anyway. Even with full access and workouts, half these first rounders are busts. Every team has film. Every team can interview via Zoom or such. Make your boards, create contingencies in case some draft room personnel get sick, and make your picks. I feel kind of bad for the young kids who skipped the combine based on advise from manipulators like Franklin, but that’s the chance you take.

  9. I don’t understand the big deal about Pro-Day, I mean all that any NFL team needs is right out there on the game tape, I truly don’t understand how a workout in shorts and a tee against no defenders changes anything! It never did for me.

    I laugh my ass of when I hear of someone changing their draft board just because of what a player did at the combine or their Pro-Day, it’s totally ridiculous as the game tape tells 10X as much as any Combine or Pro-Day ever will!

  10. waynefontesismyfather says:
    April 3, 2020 at 6:49 pm
    Franklin can take a long walk off a short pier. That guy is so overly dramatic that if Penn State wises up and cans him he can go right into a Broadway play the next day. And don’t even get me started with the unsportsmanlike culture he runs at PSU. Kent St game a couple years ago, up like 55-3 and still throwing the ball late in the 4th.
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    You’re funny! Unsportsman like, for what? Playing until the clock hits 0:00, that’s exactly what I expect to see and if the other team doesn’t like them scoring then STOP THEM! If I ever heard of a HC on one of my favorite teams telling his players to stop playing or not try their hardest I’d call for him to be fired! ONLY sorry teams and fans claim there is such a thing as running up the score.

    BTW you know the only reason that teams like Kent State want to play Ohio State or Penn State is for the revenue, so they can take a good butt whipping for $5-10mil!

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