Brandon Weeden passed on a chance to attend the NFL draft in New York, choosing instead to find out his future from the comfort of his parents' home in Edmond, Okla.
The Oklahoma State quarterback is being projected as a possible late first- or second-round pick.
He received an official invite to the draft from the NFL last week, but the thought of spending a night — or more — backstage at Radio City Music Hall waiting for his name to be called wasn't appealing.
“I really contemplated going,” he said. “I hope to go in the first round, but there are a lot of unknowns.”
Through the years, several high-profile quarterbacks have become the story of the draft because of when they weren't drafted.
Aaron Rodgers was perhaps the most famous draft day slider. San Francisco considered taking him first overall out of California, but instead chose Alex Smith of Utah. Rodgers, who was at the draft, waited hours before being picked No. 24 by Green Bay.
Brady Quinn had a similar slide in 2007 and ended up going to Cleveland with the 22st overall pick.
Weeden is not in the conversation to go at the very top of the draft. No. 1 will likely be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck to the Colts and No. 2 is penciled in to be Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III to the Redskins.
There has been, however, more and more speculation about Weeden being selected in the first round, especially after he visited the Cleveland Browns earlier this week.
The Browns own the No. 4 pick — which could be used on Weeden's teammate, receiver Justin Blackmon — and the No. 22 pick. Cleveland also picks early in the second round, No. 36 overall.
The 28-year-old Weeden spent Sunday night and almost all day Monday at the Browns' facility in Berea, Ohio. He met with coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert and even spent some time with team president Mike Holmgren, the former Packers and Seahawks coach.
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