The NFL Draft is about two weeks away and it's now known which prospects will grace the draft stage in Chicago during round 1 of the NFL Draft.
That's assuming each of these first round targets are actually drafted in the first round of the Draft, as expected. It's safe to assume about 10 additional prospects were invited to the draft, but turned down the invitation. DeForest Buckner, Michael Thomas and Mackenzie Alexander are among the notable prospects not attending the draft.
Last year, the first two picks in the draft, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota both opted to spend the draft with their families and not attend the first-ever NFL Draft in Chicago. This year, most of the top prospects are expected to attend the draft including both of the top quarterbacks, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz as well as a record-tying five Ohio State players and their college coach, Urban Meyer. The Ohio State players attending are CB Eli Apple, DE Joey Bosa, T Taylor Decker, RB Ezekiel Elliott and LB Darron Lee; the record equals the one set by Alabama in 2012 for the most players attending the draft from the same college.
Here's the full list of attendees for the 2016 NFL Draft, which will take place April 28-May 1:
|Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|Vernon Butler||DT||Louisiana Tech|
|Jack Conklin||T||Michigan State|
|Taylor Decker||T||Ohio State|
|Josh Doctson||WR||Texas Christian|
|Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|Chris Jones||DT||Mississippi State|
|Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida State|
|Ronnie Stanley||T||Notre Dame|
|Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
There are also 12 NCAA head coaches attending the draft:
|Mark Dantonio||Michigan State|
|Jimbo Fisher||Florida State|
|Brian Kelly||Notre Dame|
|Chris Klieman||North Dakota State|
|Urban Meyer||Ohio State|
|Gary Patterson||Texas Christian|
Will the Bengals' first round draft pick be among these names attending the draft? We'll find out on April 28th.