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Jones eligible for offseason work, UCLA teammate Franklin not

May 7, 2013
 
Datone Jones
Datone Jones / Copyright Don Liebig/ASUCLA Photography

One of the Packers' top draft picks, Johnathan Franklin, has to miss all of the Packersí remaining offseason work except this weekendís mandatory minicamp because of the NFLís graduation-related rules.

But his teammate at UCLA, Datone Jones, can participate in all offseason work because he graduated last year. Jones was the Packers' first-round pick this season.

According to NFL rules, as outlined here (link: http://tinyurl.com/c9qk99a) by ESPNís Mike Sando, players canít take part in their new teamís offseason work except for their rookie minicamp until after their schoolsí final exams in the spring or summer. It doesnít matter whether the player is or isnít enrolled in school, unless he's in graduate school.

According to UCLAís website, its exams end Friday, June 14. The Packersí offseason work finishes that same week, so Franklin is not allowed to participate in any OTA practices or the full-squad, mandatory minicamp held June 4-6. He is allowed to participate in this weekendís rookie minicamp, which has one practice per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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