The NFL has expanded the number of players invited to the draft April 25-26 in New York to at least 10. But USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has decided not to be among them.
Sanchez's USC teammate, linebacker Brian Cushing, is among the players who have accepted invitations. Two other projected first-round quarterbacks, Matthew Stafford of Georgia and Josh Freeman of Kansas State, will attend the draft.
Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher, Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo and Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith are also expected in New York.
The NFL routinely has invited six of the projected top picks but league officials decided to expand the list to include players who have compelling stories, even if they are not necessarily top 10 selections.
Sanchez has elected to stay in California to enjoy the moment with family and friends. There is an outside chance he will change his mind to be in New York.
The league is expected to make a formal announcement by Monday.
Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN.