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Report: NFL Players Association plans to tell college players to skip draft trip

Top players could be urged not to attend first round in Radio City Music Hall

Know how you’re clinging like grim death to the NFL Draft as the last speck of NFL action for a while? It may not be all you’re hoping for.

The organization that formerly was the NFL Players Association before it decertified is putting into place a plan that would keep top college prospects from attending the draft next month, league sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter reports that the union has told 17 of the top prospects who would be expected to receive an invitation to attend the first round of the draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York not to go. Schefter quoted a source familiar with the union’s thinking as saying: "As of right now, this is 100 percent happening. This is going down."

Players would not be available for ESPN and NFL Network interviews in New York and, according to Schefter, another source said that they may appear on social media platforms only.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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