Word leaked out several weeks ago that the NFLPA was considering running a 2011 NFL draft event at the same time as the actual draft at Radio City Music Hall. The reasoning was apparently because the NFLPA didn't want the incoming rookies to shake the hand of the Commissioner that is locking them out.
Many fans, and several incoming rookies, have voiced their objection to that idea. The NFLPA has, for the most part, been mum about the whole thing.
Dan Graziano, formerly of AOL FanHouse, reports that the NFLPA will indeed hold a draft event -- but it won't run at the same time as the actual draft. He reports that the players will hold some sort of event on Saturday night. The NFL draft runs from Thursday to Saturday.
It's still unclear if the players will be at the draft in Radio City Music Hall. Traditionally, players expected to be picked high in the draft would attend and walk across the stage and shake Roger Goodell's hands.