Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, does not plan to attend the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in April, according to a report from NBC Dallas.
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) February 20, 2018
Expected to be taken in the first round and potentially the top 10, Mayfield very likely will receive an invitation from the league to attend the draft, which has seen between 22 and 30 players in attendance in every year since 2011.
Three quarterbacks (Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer) were in Philadelphia for the draft last year, though Kizer was not selected until Round 2. Patrick Mahomes, the second quarterback off the board at 10th overall, watched from home with friends and family.
In 2016, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were both in Chicago to hug commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected first and second overall, respectively, while late first-rounder Paxton Lynch was not present.
In 2015, neither Jameis Winston (No. 1 overall) nor Marcus Mariota (No. 2) attended, as both opted to have draft-watch parties at home.
The 2018 draft will be held in a stadium for the first time after taking place at the Philadelphia Art Museum last year and near Grant Park in Chicago in 2015 and 2016. The event was held at a venue in New York City every year from 1965 to 2014.
–Field Level Media