When Baker Mayfield hears his name called during the 2018 NFL Draft, he won't be anywhere near the stage in Arlington.
Despite the fact Mayfield is projected to be a first-round pick--potentially a top-10 selection--the Heisman Trophy winner won't attend the draft. Instead, he will watch it in Austin with family, coaches and friends.
Mayfield informed the media of his decision at the Davey O'Brien Award Banquet in Fort Worth Monday night.
"I'll be in my hometown," Mayfield said. "The draft would be a great experience, something I'd never forget. But there's so many people that helped me along the way that I want to celebrate this with. It's not just about me."
Mayfield added that he isn't letting the fact he's expected to go early affect his decision.
Here is his full answer.
This is certainly surprising decision. Most players who will be drafted early attend the draft as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
However, we can't fault Baker for wanting to be with his family. It will be a night they will never forget, and now they can spend it together.
The 2018 NFL Draft will be held from April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.