There is belief around the league that the 2011 NFL Draft could be full of surprise picks, with "project" players sliding down draft boards due to a lockout. Should that come to fruition, here are a dozen players that would be directly impacted.
Feb 4, 2011 - Whether there's an NFL lockout or not, the 2011 NFL Draft will go on as scheduled. While that's somewhat relieving to NFL fans facing the prospect of a world without football by April, there's also little doubt that the league's labor issues could make the draft process look radically different this year, as well.
That was a topic of discussion at last week's 2011 Senior Bowl practices, where members of the media covering the event had an opportunity to mingle with NFL scouts and league insiders. Tony Pauline (Sports Illustrated, DraftInsiders.net) was present in Mobile last week, and in a Senior Bowl wrap-up article, he spoke to the possible implications of a work stoppage on the NFL Draft.