At least 10 players declined invitation to draft

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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.

77 responses to “At least 10 players declined invitation to draft

  1. Why would anyone go to this and want to deal with 4 cameras being shoved in your face every few minutes and then have to deal with an interview done by Deion Sanders?

  2. If you are a late-first / 2nd round guy, you better be getting paid to be the monkey in the cage.

  3. Surely you can look at who is expected to be selected in the first round and top third of the second round, then take away the 28 names who have accepted the invitation… and Bob’s your uncle!

  4. If it’s not in NYC nobody wants too be bothered ROGER hope u get yet another mistake u made. Have it at Barclays Center way more seats then radio city

  5. If you were Winston or Mariota would you fly to Chicago to find out which inept team drafted you? How exiting to get to play for somebody whose coaching staff was so bad they’re picking ahead of everybody else.

  6. Face it…no one wants to travel to Chicago…..

    If the draft was held in Vegas….every draftee would attend and regardless of where they thought they would be drafted

  7. That means a few of those guys are gonna drop like Aaron Rogers did, and feel like crap sitting there on day two. They should limit that group to no more than the top 15 prospects just to avoid that drama.

  8. I suspect that next year the league will try to come up with something that makes attendance mandatory.

    These players would rather be surrounded by family and friends than subject themselves to the endless speculation of media vultures and back stage “producers”.

    It would be better to coordinate local tv camera feeds from private parties for their little money-making tv show (now stretched out over 3-4 days) than run the risking of 100% no-shows.

  9. thetroofishere says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:22 PM
    NFL Madden should set up multiple gaming consoles in the green rooms and have the draft picks play while the draft is going on.
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    A football game where Nose Tackles can’t Two Gap and eat up blocks to free up blitzers?

    ugh…

    Nah, GTA V – these kids want to be gang bangers – they’ll get to be gang bangers, VIRTUAL GANG BANGERS!

  10. It will be refreshing to not have to listen to drunk Jets and Giants fan boo about every pick they have, although thinking about it they probably have every reason to

  11. the Vegas point was a good one. Or Miami, New Orleans, maybe LA — but then the PFT Arrest-O-Meter would probably burn out.

  12. Union solidarity baby. That’s what that is! Good for the decliners! Screw goodell.

  13. Chicago is much nicer than that rat infested NYC. That has nothing to do with anything

  14. First class flight, hotel suite, steak dinner and a Weiner’s Circle hot dog. Take in a Cubs or ChiSox game. What’s not to like?

  15. I have to wonder why any player would attend this.

    If you get drafted as high as you expect great. But if you fall at all the farther you go the worse and more embarrassing it gets to sit in the green room with the media gleefully displaying your bummed out face.

    They should all tell the league they won’t do it.

  16. Good move by Goodell to move draft around.
    Better move by players not to attend. The photo session is not anything that i need to see. Just on to the next pick.

  17. Will the super annoying Jets fans make the trek to Chicago?

    Yeah…..we all know it is J-E-T-S & you’re not really impressing us with your spelling skills.

  18. How many of those kids are charging NFLN or ESPN for the right to film their reactions in their homes?

  19. erpadeederpjetsyjet says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:11 PM
    They also have to shake Rogers hand and pose for a pic w/ him… No one wants that…

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    I have to agree. Every young player in the league already has an opinion of Roger and it isn’t good. It’s already agreed amoung everyone that Roger is the worse commish ever!

  20. The cardboard cut out draft. Just have some ring girl carry the cutout of the player to pretend greet Goodell and follow it up with the photo ops..

  21. packerbackernj says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:21 PM

    What a second rate coty to find out you’re becoming a millionair in.
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    That is rich, somebody from Green Bay is making fun of the city of Chicago. What’s next? Packer fans making fun of Jonah Hill for being fat and arrogant?

  22. Now with the prescribed rookie contracts limiting their immediate post collegiate earnings, if Roger wants them there, he should pay them appearances fees

  23. This is the simple result of the dumb decision to make the draft so many multiple days now, go back to the 2 day draft rounds 1-3 on day 1 and round 4-7 on day 2.

  24. keylimelight says:Apr 23, 2015 4:42 PM

    I suspect that next year the league will try to come up with something that makes attendance mandatory.

    These players would rather be surrounded by family and friends than subject themselves to the endless speculation of media vultures and back stage “producers”.

    It would be better to coordinate local tv camera feeds from private parties for their little money-making tv show (now stretched out over 3-4 days) than run the risking of 100% no-shows.

    Heck ya nothing better than seeing a couple of guys smearing cake all over each others face on day 3.

  25. The NFL draft oh the horror,,, to think of all the brave soldiers that answered the real draft !

  26. The NFL has turned this event into a huge money making extravaganza … why should these young guys, at the biggest moment in their lives, by choreographed by the league looking to sell ad time. Now if they are the stars of the show … pay them.

  27. If I was a first rounder I would want accommodations and money to attend.

    It is a TV show that has commercials which means the NFL is making money from my attendance. Why shouldn’t I get paid?

  28. The NFL may have to pay the attendees (in addition to flying and hoteling them).

  29. shackdelrio says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:09 PM
    The draft needs to go back to New York. Another unnecessary change by Goodell.

    This one is Not Goodell’s fault, Radio City booked the weekends they wanted to hold the draft, the NFL accommodated last year and the draft was too late.

  30. @bobbyhoying says:

    If you were Winston or Mariota would you fly to Chicago to find out which inept team drafted you? How exiting to get to play for somebody whose coaching staff was so bad they’re picking ahead of everybody else.
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    Although this is exactly the dynamics, I never thought about it this way. You are being picked by the worse team in the league and by extension, the worse of everything so why should you feel happy about that. Perhaps the silver lining is the notion that they are going to help their team improve which does happen in some cases, not all.

  31. in the day of “me first” athletes, its refreshing to see some of these guys stay home and watch the draft at home with their families. I remember jj watt going fishing with his family when he was drafted.

  32. “Too bad, nyc is the place everyone wants to go rather you like it or not. And I would rather be rat infested than gang infested.”

    More like, the top pick is a felon, and no one wants rot in the green room as they drop.

    Unless they moved the draft to Englewood, there’s no gangs anywhere near downtown.

    Travel a bit, it might enlighten you.

    Just do it online via web cam. No one cares after the first round anyways. Tickets are far too expensive, as the NFL tries to bleed the regular fan dry.

  33. Have it at the North Pole, and assign players to teams in the order in which the players manage to arrive.

  34. Mariotta and Winston are def first day guys. If I’m them, and this is the culmination of what I’ve been working so hard for, for so many years, why would you not want to experience everything you possibly could from it? Of course I thought the Notre Dame kid, wow can’t believe I forgot his name already was a def top ten too. But seriously, you’ve worked your whole life for this moment, why would you miss it?

  35. Seems like it is an honor to be invited to the draft. Either way the show goes on. Aaron Rodgers was stuck in the green room, worried etc..but he has had the last laugh…..

  36. Let’s see, moving from an exciting city to Chicago (no offense intended Windy City friends), the fixed rookie salary scale (no difference where you go), the intrusive media given in your face access to show every uncomfortable moment for those that drop, sounds like lot’s of fun!

  37. Offer a $100,000 appearance fee and you’ll have to have a draft to see who will show up at the draft.
    The NCAA already pimped these guys out, they don’t need the NFL to do it again.
    Was Sam even invited last year?

  38. The team with the best record gets to host the draft.
    Or the worst record.

    Not enough people go to make it worthwhile, it is best for TV, so the host city is not important.

  39. Move it to Hawaii, a completely neutral site. Plus, there would be a lot to do, nice scenery, and without all of the Vegas temptations. (They’ll find them soon enough!)

    Since the NFL is making money on the show, they should pay for the player and maybe 3-4 family/friends to accompany.

  40. Why do people knock Chicago. Its a great city. Just stay away from the south side and its one of the best cities in the world. World class food, Art and historical museums, One of the best places to see a baseball game in the country, and a great bar scene…

  41. ‘You are being picked by the worse team in the league and by extension, the worse of everything so why should you feel happy about that.’
    Maybe because you just hit the lottery as far as your financial well being for the rest of your life is concerned,isnt money and fame the reason these kids join the exclusive club known as the NFL. since its the NFLs show they should pay all expenses and require the top picks attend the draft instead of sticking their noses up at their soon to be new boss.

  42. 28 is too much 18 is about right

    Stay home and watch it with your family

    Nfl talks about young people spending money going broke

    How a bout the 2000.00 dollar suits and watches some of these young men buy just cause they gonna be on tv. plus the things they buy for their parents to attend

    Waste of money

    Do it at home with the people that help u get there

  43. NFL makes big money from the draft b/c fans watch which generates ad revenue. Draftees don’t want to attend. Fine, that’s their right. So fans may (or may not) quit watching. Ad revenue goes down. NFL generates less money.

    Less money for the league and owners may not mean less money for the players, but it sure isn’t going to mean MORE money for them.

    If a player doesn’t want to be part of the league or the “monkey in the cage” as described above, the Arena League or CFL would be more than happy to have him. If you want to be in the NFL, support the NFL by taking part in its events, whether you like the current commish or not.

  44. Why would they go? They wait their whole lives to walk across that stage at Radio City Music Hall and… Wait… You want me to go to Chicago? No thanks. I’ll just chill out for now and take the enormous paycheck when it comes.

  45. I declined as well. It goes by alot faster if you DVR it and skip all the BS between picks.

  46. kd75 says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:59 PM
    First class flight, hotel suite, steak dinner and a Weiner’s Circle hot dog. Take in a Cubs or ChiSox game. What’s not to like?

    /———–

    Let’s see, some of the highest sales/airport / hotel/ rental car taxes in the country. The highest crime rate of any metropolitan city including Los Angeles and New York. horrible weather, horrible traffic and those two baseball teams you listed are also horrible.

  47. Goodell is the man. All you whiners complaining that these guys shouldn’t go because it is a money making event, you’re all glued to the NFL 24/7/365 – just like Roger wants! Wanna make your point? Erase all your old games from the recorder, un-subscribe your Sunday Ticket, give away your team jerseys and get off the NFL blogs. Roger, you’re doing a hell of a job!

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