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Aaron Donald Turns Down Draft Invite

Donald is widely considered a first round draft target for the Dallas Cowboys

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Potential Dallas Cowboys draft target Aaron Donald has decided against attending the 2014 NFL Draft in New York City.

The former Pittsburgh defensive tackle got an invite from no less an authority than the head honcho himself, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But after weeks of considering the offer, Donald decided against the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall, said his mother, Anita Goggins.

Aaron is so personal,” Goggins said, per TribLive.com. “He just didn't want to go and have all those cameras in his face. He thought about it. He received a letter from Roger Goodell. One minute, he was going. The next minute he said, 'I'm not going.' I told him to pray about it, just like when he wasn't sure if he wanted to leave (Pitt) after his junior year. Last Friday (April 11), he made his choice.”

Donald was in Dallas this week for a pre-draft visit, and said he’d love to play under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

“I just want him to go somewhere where they are going to take him and teach him and make him the best possible player he can be,” Goggins said.

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