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Lockout has big impact on draft strategy

Originally Published: March 30, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Barring a courtroom miracle, the NFL is set to head into the April 28-30 draft without player trades or free agency.

A generation of fans, coaches and general managers hasn't experienced such an event. The fate of the NFL and the players is in the hands of a U.S. district judge in St. Paul, Minn., and until Susan Nelson sorts out the mess, there is no free agency, no trades and effectively no 2012 draft. The last time there was no free agency was 1987.

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