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NFL Announces Players Who Will Attend The Draft

It’s one of the great sights of the NFL draft each year: A players name is called. They put on the cap of the team that just drafted them. They walk out on stage, and give the commissioner a awkward hug for reasons we don’t really know.

Then there are the even more awkward TV moments when they keep showing the guys who haven’t been drafted, even as name after name of players not in attendance are being called. This is what happened to Aaron Rogers, who was the last one in the green room for a couple of hours before the Packers finally ended his misery.

The NFL has released the names of the players who will attend the draft.

1) Ezekiel Ansah DE Brigham Young
2) Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
3) Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina
4) Eric Fisher T Central Michigan
5) Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
6) D.J. Fluker T Alabama
7) Luke Joeckel T Texas A&M
8) Lane Johnson T Oklahoma
9) Dion Jordan DE Oregon
10) Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
11) E.J. Manuel QB Florida State
12) Dee Milliner CB Alabama
13) Barkevious Mingo DE Louisiana State
14) Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
15) Eric Reid S Louisiana State
16) Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
17) Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
18) Geno Smith QB West Virginia
19) Desmond Trufant CB Washington
20) Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
21) Chance Warmack G Alabama
22) Menelik Watson T Florida State
23) Bjoern Werner DE Florida State

There are some interesting decisions made here. There are 4 players on this list that I honestly don’t believe will be selected in the 1st round: Eddie Lacy, EJ Manuel, Eric Reid, Menelik Watson. All four could be, but not are by any means a lock to avoid day 2 of the draft.

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