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O.J. Howard will skip the draft-day trip to Philadelphia

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It’s too soon to call it a trend, but another certain first-round pick has chosen to not attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

According to Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard plans to watch things unfold in his hometown rather than join commissioner Roger Goodell for a hug two weeks from tonight.

Howard has been projected by some as a top 10 pick, which would leave another notable absence near the top of the league’s television show.

Presumed top pick (or is he?) Myles Garrett has also chosen to skip the event, and the Texas A&M defensive end will have his draft night broadcast in some manner by a new media company under the auspices of the NFLPA.

These guys aren’t the first high picks to skip the show, but you also have to wonder how long the top players will continue to sign up to be props in exchange for a free hat.

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12 Responses to “O.J. Howard will skip the draft-day trip to Philadelphia”
  1. concord148 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:49 AM

    Damn, a free hat – I’d doing anything for a free hat. That’s $19.99

  2. flipola says: Apr 13, 2017 11:53 AM

    Be prepared to have Goodell mispronounce your name out of spite, like “Mariato”.

    “… the ________ select O.J. Simp- uhh Howard…”

  3. grumpysal says: Apr 13, 2017 12:22 PM

    Predicting an incoming rule change from Herr Goddell requiring all potential 1st rd selections to be present at the draft or face future consequences, cuz article 46…

  4. dusthtyrhothdes says: Apr 13, 2017 12:34 PM

    These entitled punks, show up do the card circuit or nike circuit get paid $50 – $100k and represent the new team that just drafted you, I mean they will be making multi-millions have the NFL fly cousin ray ray and the rest to the draft put them up in a hotel and make it an occasion like a college graduation, because pretty sure not too many ppl graduate college and get a 10 million sign on bonus

  5. cantonbound13 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:37 PM

    Who would turn down a trip to Philadelphia? Said no one ever.

  6. 3yardsndust says: Apr 13, 2017 12:41 PM

    Tell us more about these compelling hats, sir.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:51 PM

    I don’t know how bad his real name must be to make him feel that being a football player going by the initials “O.J.” is a better alternative…..

  8. mysportsrumors says: Apr 13, 2017 12:52 PM

    i dont blame them at all for not coming, sit around all night just to go on stage for 2 minutes. OR sit at home and party with family and friends who have supported you along the way.

  9. abninf says: Apr 13, 2017 1:26 PM

    He’s smart. Philly is a very violent, dangerous anti-police city. Don’t want to get shot before you sight a contract.

  10. leroyquimby says: Apr 13, 2017 2:41 PM

    Philadelphia is my hometown so that is where I would spend it if I were hypothetically picked but never understood why they would ever move it out of NYC in the first place? If it ain’t broke…

  11. DitkasHair says: Apr 13, 2017 5:57 PM

    Never understood the enticement to sit in the Green Room at the draft when you could actually be out having fun with people you care about.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 13, 2017 6:35 PM

    The two most overrated players in the draft choose not to attend. Even they know.

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