The NFL has reached out to many high-profile draft prospects to attend this year’s event in New York City. Nineteen players have accepted invitations so far, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Among those attending are Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Florida’s Sharrif Floyd. Others include West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Smith’s former teammate Tavon Austin and Florida State’s signal caller E.J. Manuel.
Many people suspected Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o would be in attendance, but he declined the NFL’s invitation. USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Oregon defensive lineman Dion Jordan were granted an invitation, but have yet to respond, according to Pro Football Talk.
The final 14 players who have officially committed include Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker, BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah, LSU’s Barkevious Mingo, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes, Bjoern Werner and Menelik Watson, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper, Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, SMU’s Margus Hunt, Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher.
The NFL Draft will kick off on Thursday, April 25 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.