One part of the drama that is the NFL Draft is to watch the reaction of players in the green room backstage as they answer the phone from NFL teams that have decided to draft them. On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted a list of 19 players that have been invited and elected to attend at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
|Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|E.J. Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
|Jonathan Cooper||G||North Carolina|
|Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
|Menelik Watson||OT||Florida State|
|Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|Margus Hunt||DE||Southern Methodist|
Perhaps just as dramatic as watching a player answer the phone call that he's been waiting months for is watching the reaction of a player that is the last sitting in the green room after every other attendee has been selected. With that in mind, Margus Hunt, Menelik Watson and E.J. Manuel are the three to watch in that regard, as none landed in the first round of the latest mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar.
Among the top players not scheduled to attend are Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and Oregon defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan, the second-, fifth- and seventh-ranked players on Kadar's big board.
In March, Kenny Vaccaro tweeted out a picture of his draft day invite from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.