NFL releases list of 2013 Draft attendees


Prospects attending the 2013 NFL Draft
Ezekiel AnsahDEBYU
Tavon AustinWRWest Virginia
Jonathan CooperGNorth Carolina
Eric FisherOTCentral Michigan
Sharrif FloydDTFlorida
D.J. FlukerOTAlabama
Luke JoeckelOTTexas A&M
Lane JohnsonOTOklahoma
Dion JordanDEOregon
Eddie LacyRBAlabama
EJ ManuelQBFlorida State
Dee MillinerCBAlabama
Barkevious MingoDELSU
Cordarrelle PattersonWRTennessee
Eric ReidSLSU
Xavier RhodesCBFlorida State
Sheldon RichardsonDTMissouri
Geno SmithQBWest Virginia
Desmond TrufantCBWashington
Kenny VaccaroSTexas
Chance WarmackGAlabama
Menelik WatsonOTFlorida State
Bjoern WernerDEFlorida 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.

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.

Now we just have to figure out what name Goodell will call first. Think you have the inside track on who the Bills will pick? Enter your selection at the M&T Draft Day Challenge for a chance to win an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills top selection. DRAFT DAY CHALLENGE >

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