According to Kevin Siefert and his cohorts over at ESPN, there is an NFL rule with all good intentions, but one that will for sure put Franklin back in his training this month – the rule states that no rookie player may participate in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) until their college finals are completed.
UCLA has finals scheduled until June 14, and with the Packers mandatory three-day minicamp the first week of June, that leaves Franklin on the outside looking in. Fellow UCLA rookie Datone Jones has reportedly already graduated and isn’t affected by the rule.
The OTA practices open to the public are slated for three Tuesdays — May 21, May 28 and June 11 — and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The two mandatory minicamp practices are scheduled for June 4 and 5.
The only other Packer rookie who may have a conflict is wide receiver Charles Johnson out of Grand Valley State – but it seems he has tweeted that he will be in camp, so he most likely is not enrolled in classes at this point.
|Round||Player||Position||School||Last Exam Date||Conflict?|
|1||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA||N/A (graduated)||No|
|2||Eddie Lacy||RB||Alabama||May 3||No|
|4||David Bakhtiari||OL||Colorado||May 9||No|
|4||J.C. Tretter||OL||Cornell||May 17||No|
|4||Johnathan Franklin||RB||UCLA||June 14||YES|
|5||Micah Hyde||CB||Iowa||May 17||No|
|5||Josh Boyd||DT||Mississippi St.||May 3||No|
|6||Nate Palmer||OLB||llinois State||May 10||No|
|7||Charles Johnson||WR||Grand Valley St.||June 19*||Maybe*|
|7||Kevin Dorsey||WR||Maryland||May 17||No|
|7||Sam Barrington||ILB||South Florida||May 3||No|
It’s unclear how this might affect Franklin’s progress in learning the Packers system, but it certainly won’t help him. It’s hoped that he can catch up in a timely fashion once the players start hitting for real during Training Camp in July.