NEW YORK — Though not every prospect that gets invited decides to come to New York and take part in the draft festivities, several of the ones who did decide to come considered the decision a no-brainer.
After all, why not accept a free trip to the Big Apple where you will be treated like a VIP all week?
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, of course I’m going to take it,” said Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski. “I can sit home whenever. I can sit home and watch the draft next year, so I’d rather come and have some fun with it.”
That sentiment was echoed by several of the players in attendance at the NFL’s Play 60 event on Wednesday.
Interestingly enough, two of the most enthusiastic prospects about their excitement for participating in draft week are not even expected to go in the first round. Most analysts see Gronkowski as a high second-rounder, and Texas DT Lamarr Houston is also viewed by draft experts as a probable second rounder.
“A lot of people were saying ‘why would you want to go to New York if you’re not a top-10 pick?'” asked Houston rhetorically.
“All I say is I’ve never been to New York, first of all. And I don’t know what other deal you can work out to be on the Early Show, close out the market, go to NFL headquarters, sit in the green room with other players. It’s just an enjoyment for me. I’m just very happy to be here.”
— Jason Feller