According to this column, Joe Thomas is the only one of the potential seven or eighth "special" draft picks this year (including guys like JaMarcus Russell, Gaines Adams, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and LaRon Landry) who will not be attending the draft in New York City come a week from Saturday. Instead, he'll be fishing on Lake Michigan with his father.
That rules in several ways.
First, he's avoiding off the field publicity. Well done, Joe. If you want a happy life, I advise you and your very tall fiance to not become regular features in US Weekly. Look what it's done to Brittney.
Second, he's got enough sense to realize that actually going to the draft is stupid. That is because (a) draftees are apparently required to dress like NBA players (that is, like a cross between a clown and the pimp from "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"), (b) so many cameras are around ESPN's coverage becomes like a more tightly edited version of Big Brother, (c) the team hats they make you wear once you've been drafted are always ugly, and (d) regardless of what happens, you're going to get booed by Jet fans.
Third, there's about an 80% chance JT will get drafted by the Cardinals, Browns, Lions or Raiders-- three teams that have no modern tradition of even being competitive, and one team that's totally disfunctional. Think about what you'd do. When that moment comes, and you find out that you're really going to spend your entire professional career with one of these organizations, wouldn't it be better to be away from cameras and microphones? You know, so they can't record all the expletives. Seriously, if you were a highly touted draft pick and the Cardinals or Browns drafted you, would you be able to hide your unhappy Kermit-Face?
Fourth, declining to go to NYC and appear on national television in order to go catch salmon with your dad on Lake Michigan is just plain cool.