With the draft three weeks away, one of the story lines that inevitably will emerge are the players who have been invited to, and who will attend, the festivities at Radio City Music Hall.
One of the invited players has declined. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden tells NFL.com that he won’t be there.
“I really contemplated going,” Weeden said. “I hope to go in the first round, but there are a lot of unknowns.”
The 28-year-old incoming rookie hopes to be taken in the first round, which could explain his reluctance to attend. Though he potentially could sneak into the final selections of the opening night, it’s not likely.
It’s also not likely that the Browns will use the fourth overall pick on Weeden, who is three years older than the team’s current starter. But the Browns could be thinking about taking Weeden with the 22nd selection obtained from the Falcons last year or, more likely, with the 36th overall pick in round two. Weeden spent Sunday and Monday in Cleveland visiting the team.