The long list of players who have accepted an invitation to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall won’t include USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Barkley has decided not to accept an invitation to attend. Barkley has opted instead to spend the evening his family and friends that night.
Some will suspect that he also decided not to risk a long night in the green room for round one, and then a return for the second evening of the draft.
As one source estimates it, 50 or 60 players genuinely believe they’ll be taken in the first round. It’s safe to say that, regardless of who gets drafted on Thursday, April 25, that number eventually will be capped at 32.