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Pats short one rookie WR ... for now

Posted by Albert Breer  May 21, 2010 02:09 PM

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The idea of the rule is to eliminate a potential deterrent for kids to stay in school.

Say you're one quarter away from graduation when the spring session starts in April, but you know that you'll have to miss a few weeks of your drafting team's offseason program if you enroll in classes. Well, then, you might decide to blow off school, and worry about graduating later.

But if you can't show up until after graduation anyway? You might be more inclined to finish up school, or at least make more progress toward a degree.

At the very least, I think you can say the intentions on this rule are good. After all, most NFL careers don't last more than a few years, and the league really is doing these kids a favor by encouraging them to set up a life after football.

Anyway, for what it's worth, here are the graduation dates of the schools of the Patriots' rookies:

Draftees
Rutgers -- May 16
Arizona -- May 15
Florida -- May 1
Ohio -- June 12
Michigan -- May 1
NC State -- May 15
Vanderbilt -- May 14
Alabama -- May 8
Georgia -- May 8
Oklahoma State -- May 8

Undrafted free agents
Brown -- May 30
California (Penn.) University -- May 8
Central Michigan -- May 8
Illinois -- May 16
Mississippi State -- May 1
Montana State -- May 8
North Dakota State -- May 15
Notre Dame -- May 16
Villanova -- May 16

Price, by the way, can't show up until after OU's final day of exams, which is June 11.
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