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Athletes First Hasn’t Signed Andrew Luck, But Building Impressive NFL Draft Class

Yesterday, Twitter was abuzz with people retweeting a gentleman named Joey Roberts, who wrote, “Andrew Luck will be represented by @athletesfirst Dave Dunn.”  That tweet has since been discarded.  Roberts’ profile also had stated he was an “ESPN NFL Production Projects Coordinator.”  That biographical information has also been scrapped.  People believed him. He probably believed himself.  Yet the rumor was false.

While Athletes First has not signed Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the agency has been busy locking up very talented clients for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Two impressive new Athletes First clients include Melvin Ingram and Alfonzo Dennard.

Melvin Ingram in an outside linebacker from South Carolina. lists him as the best outside linebacker in his class and the 14th best player overall.  He finished the 2011 season with 8.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.  He has had some problems with his foot, which will be something scouts will be interested in testing.

Alfonzo Dennard is a cornerback from Nebraska. ranks him as the 3rd best cornerback in the country leading up to the NFL Draft and the 20th best player overall.  Both of the website’s mock drafts currently listed project him being the #14 overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.