2012 NFL Draft: Record 26 Players Attending And All You Need To Know

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The NFL sent out a press release on Thursday announcing that 26 prospects will attend this year's NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, including five prospects from Alabama. There's a fairly good chance that one, if not two, within this year's draft class are in New York when Cincinnati gives them the great honor of being selected. Now it's just a matter of waiting. Now everything you need to know to get ready for the NFL Draft:

WHAT: 77th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.
WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Between 50th and 51st Streets).
WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 26 (Round 1).
7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 27 (Rounds 2-3).
Noon ET, Saturday, April 28 (Rounds 4-7).
The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2011, the first round consumed three hours and 30 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 11:15 PM ET. The second and third rounds took four hours and 15 minutes in 2011. The draft will conclude by approximately 7:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and 23 minutes in 2011.
DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.
ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 26; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 27; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 28.
There will be 253 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.
The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 221 regular choices in the seven rounds – Round 3: Oakland, 33. Round 4: Minnesota, 33; Oakland, 34; Baltimore, 35; New York Giants, 36; Green Bay, 37; Green Bay, 38; Minnesota, 39; Dallas, 40. Round 5: Oakland, 33; Baltimore, 34; Indianapolis, 35. Round 6: New York Jets, 33; New York Jets, 34; Cleveland, 35; Cleveland, 36; Indianapolis, 37; Carolina, 38. Round 7: Pittsburgh, 33; Green Bay, 34; New York Jets, 35; Green Bay, 36; New York Jets, 37; Cleveland, 38; Pittsburgh, 39; Cleveland, 40; Pittsburgh, 41; Atlanta, 42; San Diego, 43; Buffalo, 44; St. Louis, 45; Indianapolis, 46.
Cleveland (Nos. 4 and 22), Cincinnati (Nos. 17 and 21) and New England (Nos. 27 and 31) have two selections in the first round. Atlanta, New Orleans and Oakland do not have first-round picks. All other teams have one first-round selection.
TIME LIMITS: Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes per selection.
TELEVISION: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will televise the draft on all three days.
INTERNET & MOBILE: On Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 PM ET and Friday, April 27 at 6:30 PM ET, NFL.com LIVE Presented by Marriott provides comprehensive coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft. On Saturday, NFL.com LIVE will stream NFL Network’s coverage of Rounds 4-7 beginning at Noon ET.The popular “Fan War Rooms” are back for the fourth year, offering an innovative way for fans to follow the draft, allowing them the opportunity to discuss a team’s strategy and immediately react once a player is selected. In addition, NFL.com’s Cover It Live Presented by Lexus offers fans a unique forum to interact with fellow fans, NFL Network analysts and players, as well as voice their opinions regarding each selection. Fans may also follow two of the top prospects in this year’s draft – Southern California tackle Matt Kalil and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon – throughout their pre-draft journey on NFL.com’s blog, The Right Stuff Presented by New Era. NFL.com will be with each prospect throughout their entire pre-draft journey, providing a behind-the-scenes look at one of the biggest moments in their life. “NFL Mobile only from Verizon” will have extensive coverage leading up to and during the 2012 NFL Draft including a live stream of NFL Network and its 2012 NFL Draft coverage, a live draft tracker and draft pick analysis from NFL experts, and mobile “Fan War Rooms” integrated with those of NFL.com.

Players attending the NFL Draft:

Mark Barron S Alabama
Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
Michael Brockers DT Louisiana State
Morris Claiborne CB Louisiana State
Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Cordy Glenn OL Georgia
Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
Dont’a Hightower LB Alabama
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
Matt Kalil T Southern California
Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
Andrew Luck QB Stanford
Shea McClellin LB Boise State
Nick Perry DE Southern California
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
Rueben Randle WR Louisiana State
Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Devon Still DT Penn State
Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Courtney Upshaw LB Alabama
Kendall Wright WR Baylor
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