It’s been known for weeks that quarterback Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota won’t be attending the draft. They won’t be alone.
Per a league source, at least 10 players declined the invitation to travel to Chicago and wait to hear their names called.
Last week, the NFL announced that 28 players will attend. It’s not known precisely how many passed, and that’s not information the NFL will be volunteering.
Players who attend the multi-day event risk having to return for the second — and possibly the third — day of the draft. The key becomes having the right expectations, a process that becomes difficult in an industry that relies so heavily on confidence.