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Why Is Jameis Winston Not At The NFL Draft?

Most years, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft attends the event, sits in the green room, walks up to the podium after his name is called, and takes photos with the league's commissioner and the team he'll be playing for. But in 2015, that likely won't happen. Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who is likely to be taken first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won't be attending the draft. Why?

Back in mid-March, it was reported by a number of publications that Winston had decided to spend the day with his family and friends instead of attending the draft in-person. Later in the month, Winston revealed that his grandmother has type-2 diabetes and wouldn't be able to travel to the draft to be with him. Hence, he made the decision to stay home.

It's unclear whether Winston's numerous off-the-field issues played a role in his decision. That being said, he isn't the only player skipping the draft this year - Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and almost a dozen other players will also be doing so.