THE TOP PICK in the NFL always walks to the podium, gets handed the hat of the team that selected him, and greets commissioner Roger Goodell.
Not this year.
According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not attend the draft, which will be held in Chicago from April 30-May 2.
Apparently, Winston wants to stay home and watch the draft on TV with his family.
There is speculation that the real reason he isn't attending is he wants to avoid a scene in which he is booed and ridiculed.
Hey, Eagles fans booed when the team selected Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in 1999 and he didn't have any of the baggage Winston does.
Some have gone so far as to suggest that Goodell - who reportedly met with Winston in New York last month - asked the quarterback to stay home to avoid such a scene.
We don't know about that. But we do know that rumors that Goodell promised to have a case of crab legs delivered to Winston's doorstep on draft night are simply not true.
Serena's summer visit
Villanova is assured of a champion playing at the school regardless of how its men's basketball team performs in the NCAA Tournament.
The Freedoms, of World Team Tennis, announced yesterday that Serena Williams will play for the Washington Kastles when the teams meet at the Villanova's Pavilion in July.
The 2015 Australian Open champion is currently the world's No. 1 women's singles player.
The Freedoms' schedule, including the date they play the Kastles, is expected to be released within a week to 10 days.
Serena last played here in 2009 when the Freedoms' Madison Keys - only 14 at the time - defeated the then-reigning Wimbledon champion.
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