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Kyler Murray to attend NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins will not

Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins

It’s been a long offseason, and it feels like forever since we last had NFL football. Fortunately things finally started to ramp up with the start of free agency, and the 2019 NFL Draft is now right around the corner. Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins treated the draft differently.

The draft starts in just over two weeks, and the buzz is palpable. As players continue to take their pre-draft visits and front offices continue to iron out their draft boards, we have a new nugget about the draft itself.

Kyler Murray, the Oklahoma product currently expected to be the first quarterback drafted, will attend the draft and walk the stage in Nashville. So will fellow quarterbacks Drew Lock and Daniel Jones, of Missouri and Duke respectively. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, widely expected to be the second signal-caller off the board, won’t attend. He will have his own draft party in Maryland.

Nobody knows what the Arizona Cardinals plan to do with the first overall pick, but Murray is still the favorite to be taken first. Haskins has been linked to the New York Giants with the sixth pick, but their intentions are also unclear.

Recent reports say the Giants are interested in Jones with the 17th pick, and they could pass on a quarterback altogether. Lock has been linked to the Denver Broncos with the 10th pick for months.

It’s not clear why Haskins isn’t attending the draft, but some players prefer to do things privately. Quarterbacks often tend to slip in the draft, and it’s uncomfortable to be in the green room when that happens. If one thing is for certain, there should be a lot of drama and intrigue on draft day.