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26 players to attend the draft, and all should get drafted early

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Last year, a record 25 players attended the NFL draft, despite scattered suggestions by veteran players that rookies should boycott the festivities, which were held during the height of the lockout.

This year, the NFL has upped the ante.  By one.

The league has announced that 26 players will attend the three-day event.

They are, in alphabetical order: Alabama safety Mark Barron; Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon; LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers; LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne; North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples; Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox; Stanford tight end Coby Fleener; Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd; South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore; Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn; Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III; Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower; Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill; South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram; USC tackle Matt Kalil; Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick; Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck; Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin; USC defensive end Nick Perry; Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe; LSU receiver Rueben Randle; Alabama running back Trent Richardson; Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still; Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill; Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw; Baylor receiver Kendall Wright.

Last year, linebacker Mark Herzlich attended the draft, but he was not drafted.  This year, all but one of the 26 attendees appear on the latest PFT round-one mock draft.  Plenty of you think that the one player who has been omitted — linebacker Dont’a Hightower — shouldn’t have been.

The biggest names not attending include Iowa tackle Riley Reiff and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler had been drafted, but apparently declined the offer to attend.  He could end up staying on the board until Saturday, when rounds four through seven are conducted.

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30 Responses to “26 players to attend the draft, and all should get drafted early”
  1. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 12, 2012 6:57 PM

    Brock Osweiler was already drafted? I thought the draft was 2 weeks away? WTF??? Proof reading must be difficult with all of these pressing stories.

  2. packattack1967 says: Apr 12, 2012 6:59 PM

    Joe Thomas. ’nuff said

  3. tooz72 says: Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM

    “thats what i thought too” Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers

  4. EJ says: Apr 12, 2012 7:02 PM

    It figures the one guy most have Buffalo taking on their boards, Riley Reiff, will not attend. Not that Reiff would be my choice, but he is likely to be the “Best Player Available” when Buffalo picks at 10.

    I know I will be chanting Floyd or Kuechly when we are on the clock. I hate the whole BPA idea, It should be biggest need or at least close to what we need, but thats how Buddy Nix rolls.

    My luck, Richardson will fall to 10 and we’ll be stuck with three starting RB’s, Jackson, Spiller and Richardson. Not that Richardson is a bad player, but we already have the issue of who earns more playing time Freddy or CJ?

    I love the Draft, but besides last year when we took Dareus, I am usually let down. Maybe this year will be different…Well I can dream can’t I?

  5. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    The question is which one will be lucky enough to wear the colors of greatness?

  6. dacey36 says: Apr 12, 2012 7:08 PM

    he has already been drafted? that is quite impressive.

  7. profootballwalk says: Apr 12, 2012 7:13 PM

    Randle will go home disappointed.

  8. bozosforall says: Apr 12, 2012 7:16 PM

    Osweiler will be a BUST. Teams would be better off looking at the other QB from AZ…Nick Foles.

  9. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 12, 2012 7:18 PM

    David DeCastro and Luke Kuechly are pretty “big names” not on that list. Talent wise, they are both top 10 picks.

  10. erod22 says: Apr 12, 2012 7:19 PM

    DeCastro?

  11. nflsucker says: Apr 12, 2012 7:36 PM

    So what’s the rookie wage for a player being the Number Minus-One pick?

  12. starfan79 says: Apr 12, 2012 7:42 PM

    Really? 26? I thought it was an honor to be invited cause that meant you were one of the top 5-10 players in the country. Now it’s anybody that was at the combine can come? What a waste of time.

  13. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 12, 2012 7:44 PM

    seems like its taking forever for the draft to get here!!!

  14. donny1rodriguez says: Apr 12, 2012 8:05 PM

    I don’t see anyone saw Brock Osweiler going #1 overall. More evidence the “experts” are full of it.

  15. toddwardou says: Apr 12, 2012 8:17 PM

    LOL at 26 players! Pretty soon it will expand to the point where every single player that gets drafted will come up on stage! Hey you are round 6 pick #214 please come up and get your #6 jersey!

  16. vikescry1 says: Apr 12, 2012 8:22 PM

    EJ says:
    Apr 12, 2012 7:02 PM
    It figures the one guy most have Buffalo taking on their boards, Riley Reiff, will not attend. Not that Reiff would be my choice, but he is likely to be the “Best Player Available” when Buffalo picks at 10.

    I know I will be chanting Floyd or Kuechly when we are on the clock. I hate the whole BPA idea, It should be biggest need or at least close to what we need, but thats how Buddy Nix rolls.

    My luck, Richardson will fall to 10 and we’ll be stuck with three starting RB’s, Jackson, Spiller and Richardson. Not that Richardson is a bad player, but we already have the issue of who earns more playing time Freddy or CJ?

    I love the Draft, but besides last year when we took Dareus, I am usually let down. Maybe this year will be different…Well I can dream can’t I. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- taking the best player available is the best way to get a lot of talent on your roster, you can draft for a need in the middle rounds. I’m not saying you can’t draft for need but Imo best player available is the best way to go.

  17. chaserex1 says: Apr 12, 2012 8:28 PM

    Wow thats crazy…. Brock has already been drafted before INVITED….

  18. dagnon13 says: Apr 12, 2012 8:46 PM

    Donny, no one said #1 overall. One or two analysts said he’d go in the first round, but most say later like 3+

  19. randallflagg52 says: Apr 12, 2012 8:50 PM

    26 seems a bit much.

  20. bangitfootball says: Apr 12, 2012 8:51 PM

    Dan McGwire has made it hard for Osweiler to go before round 4. Reportedly Osweiler is 7 feet 2 and kneeled down to 6 feet 7.

  21. truths4all says: Apr 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    Regarding Osweiler, it is interesting how some NFL teams scrambled to add him to their evaluation mix, including private workouts with at least those publicized here with the Broncos, Dolphins, and Chiefs. Who knows what other private workouts have been done or is still being scheduled before the draft on a guy who did not do anything at the Combine due to an injury and then put himself on the map as a result of his eye-opening performance at the ASU Pro Day. And its so hilarious the constant heel sniping that goes on ad nauseum by the mildcats fans of Foles who seems to be on course to sign an undrafted free agent contract as practice fodder. BTW, it will be interesting to see if Osweiler gets drafted before the scouts original predictions of the 4th round.

  22. mojobag101 says: Apr 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    How early can you go if there are 26 players and only 32 picks??

  23. starfan79 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:33 PM

    If I’m not slotted a top 10 player then I’m not showing up.. I don’t want to sit around for 2 or 3 days now waiting on a team.. (Aaron Rodgers)

  24. silverhornet says: Apr 12, 2012 10:42 PM

    Cordy Glenn will be the last one drafted out of that group of 26.

  25. jollyrob68 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:52 PM

    Did David DeCastro and Luke Kuechly decline the offer?

  26. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 12, 2012 11:29 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:Apr 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    The question is which one will be lucky enough to wear the colors of greatness?
    ———————————————————-The answer is the 24th. best player in the draft. And most wont say that it say it’s very lucky to end up with that dysfunctional former decent team. They will be dwelling the bottom of the AFC north for the next decade.

  27. machester52 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:56 PM

    Kuechly?

  28. bsreimer says: Apr 13, 2012 12:05 AM

    the draft is must-see tv since Morris Claiborne will be in attendance. hopefully espn interviews him so we can see just how dumb the guy is

  29. conormacleod says: Apr 13, 2012 12:45 AM

    Why would you attend? Is there a bonus to attend? Do all of these guys crave attention? I’d be more willing to draft a guy that wants to be at home with the people closest to him, and then hop the first flight to my city to start working. No flash, just hard work. That is all I care about.

  30. danimal1027 says: Apr 13, 2012 6:54 AM

    The NFL invites this many players bc it wants the draft to be like a soap opera where we watch the faces and emotions of the many who slide down the round anxiousl awaiting their name. It’s all about ratings. Rubbish.

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