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NFL releases list of 2013 Draft attendees

Posted Apr 10, 2013

23 players have accepted an invitation to attend the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


Prospects attending the 2013 NFL Draft
NamePos.School
Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina
Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
Dion Jordan DE Oregon
Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
EJ Manuel QB Florida State
Dee Milliner CB Alabama
Barkevious Mingo DE LSU
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
Eric Reid S LSU
Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
Geno Smith QB West Virginia
Desmond Trufant CB Washington
Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
Chance Warmack G Alabama
Menelik Watson OT Florida State
Bjoern Werner DE Florida State

The green room at Radio City Music Hall in New York will be rather crowded this year. A total of 23 players have accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25.

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Two quarterbacks will be in New York: West Virginia's Geno Smith and Florida State's EJ Manuel.

That's the same number as offensive guards making the trip: Alabama's Chance Warmack and University of North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper. Six defensive linemen and five offensive tackles will be in the house.

Smith figures to get the most attention of any player in the green room. Even though he might not get taken as early as people think, Smith still looks like a safe first-round pick. That's true of most of the 23 players.

In past years, the NFL invited some players that truly weren't first-round pick considerations. That's not the case this year.

Odds are that at least one player invited will slip into round two, but every player in attendance has a shot of being selected Thursday night.

Some of the biggest names not going to New York include USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo and Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

Lotulelei released a statement Wednesday saying that he has decided to watch the draft from Utah with his friends and family.

Those three absences will mean three fewer man hugs on stage, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be plenty busy that night.

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