At one point there were reports that the former players association would host a special draft event and encourage college to players to attend, skipping the actual draft in the process. But now? Now, the league has announced there will be a record 25 players in attendance at the 2011 NFL Draft.
Those players are: Prince Amukamara, Akeem Ayers, Adrian Clayborn, Randall Cobb, Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley, Blaine Gabbert, A.J. Green, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Cameron Jordan, Von Miller, Rahim Moore, Cam Newton, Patrick Peterson, Mike Pouncey, Aldon Smith, Tyron Smith, Phil Taylor, Danny Watkins, J.J. Watt, Corey Liuget, Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Williams and Boston College's Mark Herzlich.
Herzlich and company will participate in a youth football clinic, a photo opportunity atop Radio City Music Hall and end Wednesday by ringing the closing bell at the Stock Exchange.
The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28. The draft continues at 6:00 PM Friday with rounds 2-3, followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, starting at noon.
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