The chances of an undrafted football player making an impact is not great.
But if you consider how the NFL lockout has dragged on the past couple of months, the possibility for these players making any kind of difference diminishes with each passing day.
Doug Farrar, in a story published on yahoo sports, follows quarterback Adam Froman, who spent two years at Louisville.
“Normally, when you don’t get drafted, free-agent deals come right in and I would have known by the end of the night where I was going, and everybody would have gone home happy,” Froman said. “We were able to talk to some people before the end of the draft and at least have some options, but it’s just sitting and waiting until they figure out the lockout. Everything since the end of the football season has been ‘Hurry up and wait.’ You get your agent, then you wait. Do your pro day, then you wait. Work out for NFL teams, then you wait. Hurry up for the draft to come, nothing happens, you don’t get drafted and it’s time to wait again.”
Now Froman and so many others are in limbo with no chance of realizing their dream of playing in the NFL until owners and players come to an agreement.
While the two sides await the decision on the status of the lockout, undrafted players wait on pins and needles.
Farrar’s story further describes these players’ plight.
Froman says he was contacted by three different teams during the third day of the draft, with each franchise telling him that the idea was for him to be selected soon, and the end result was the same each time – nothing. Fully healthy in time for his pro day on March 10, he showed off an intriguing combination of arm strength, accuracy and 4.5 40-yard-dash speed which explodes off his college tape at times. But now, it’s all about waiting and willpower. Froman is working out with fellow Cardinals alum (and former NFL quarterback) Brian Brohm and a handful of “camp bodies” in a very informal setting at the Louisville campus, just to keep things going.
“For now, it’s just day in, day out,” said Froman, who threw 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions last season. “I have to throw and lift and work out – you have to keep your body in optimal shape as if you’re going into camp tomorrow. But it’s a mental grind because you have no idea when the lockout’s going to end. You’re pushing yourself right now for a theoretical end.”
As the league limps toward a “theoretical” season, Froman and others can only hope for the reality that would come through an agreement.
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