Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are among the record 26 top prospects attending the National Football League draft in New York City on April 26.
A record five players from the national champion University of Alabama will also travel to Radio City Music Hall in New York for the draft, the NFL said in an e-mailed statement last night. They are Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson and Courtney Upshaw.
The Indianapolis Colts have the first pick and have said they’ll take Stanford University quarterback Luck. The Colts released Peyton Manning in March and the four-time league Most Valuable Player joined the Denver Broncos.
The Washington Redskins last month reached an agreement with the St. Louis Rams to move up to the second pick, giving the team the chance to select Heisman Trophy winner Griffin from Baylor University.
The Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the next three picks.
Morris Claiborne, Fletcher Cox, Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill and Quinton Coples, who are top-10 prospects according to ESPN’s Scouts Inc., will also be at the draft.
The first round is scheduled for April 26, with rounds two and three the following night and rounds four through seven the next day. NFL Network and ESPN will televise the draft on all three days.
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