Myles Garrett has made it abundantly clear that he won’t be attending this year’s NFL draft in Philadelphia, meaning the first name announced won’t be taking the stage.
However, the NFLPA (not the NFL) want to bring the party to the former Texas A&M defensive end’s home.
According to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, Garrett along with his family and friends in Arlington, Texas will be joined by ACE Media, which was launched last fall as part of the NFLPA’s for-profit subsidiary Players Inc.
The players union is establishing this as part of a new media venture to give players the option of experiencing the big occasion at home with those closest to them — and those who may not be able to go otherwise — while also trying to replicate what they would be experiencing if they were in attendance.
According to Breer, Garrett will be the only player ACE will do this for in 2017, but doing multiple players across the country in the future is likely in the union’s cards.
“He’s just the start, we hope to do a lot of this in future drafts,” NFLPA president Eric Winston said. “This doesn’t apply to Myles, but the opportunity to not have to go to the draft and sit through two hours of not being picked, and have it not just be your parents and brothers and sisters, but also all your friends and, since you can’t bring everyone to the draft, that’s what we want to give them.
“We hope this will allow all the notoriety they’d want, but share it with everyone that played a part in it.”
As for Garrett, he has said that nothing will change his mind to make him attend the draft.