Undrafted rookie Cameron Colvin arrived to mini-camp this week. Colvin could not attend the 49ers workouts until he graduated. Apparently the NFL has a rule where fourth-year seniors cannot participate in any workouts until their school holds graduation. This was the case for Colvin who has been studying for finals. He was able to get some other study time as he was able to look over Mike Martz’ complex offense. After he received his degree he drove all night Saturday to arrive for Sunday morning’s workout.
The NFL rule is new to me and does not make much sense. I see their point in not wanting to distract players still enrolled finishing exams, but why not have mini-camps start after schools have had graduation which all usually take place in May. Or why not have them attend while they are studying if it is close to them? They are student-athletes and are accustom to studying and completing assignments while traveling and playing games. Colvin is not a high on the 49ers depth chart so he and the team are not too affected by this rule. But all you Ravens fans out there should be questioning the rule. Joe Flacco, the Ravens’ first-round pick and quarterback of the future, was not allowed to participate because of this rule. What makes it more confusing is Flacco was not enrolled in school this past semester after choosing to focus his attention on preparing for the NFL and could not attend mini-camp until his class graduated in May.
I wonder how many other teams and players development are affected by this rule.