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Twenty-five prospects have accepted invitations to the draft festivities in Chicago.

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With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, the hype train for the event is picking up some steam, beyond the endless rumors of picks and trades. On Tuesday night the NFL announced the prospects who will be attending the festivities later this month at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago.

Twenty-five players have accepted their invitations to the big event, including both of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 class: Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. Ohio State tied the 2002 record set by Alabama with five players heading to the draft along with their coach, Urban Meyer.

The list typically includes the players most likely to be chosen in the first round, though some of the elite guys inevitably are absent as they choose to celebrate the occasion with their families or simply prefer to remain out of the spotlight.

Then there's also the fear they'll be caught in one of those awkward moments when a highly rated prospect gets passed over by several teams and is forced to wait longer than expected to hear his name called. Aaron RodgersBrady Quinn and Johnny Manziel are just a few of the players who got stuck in the green room as the first round rolled on and cameras tracked their roller coaster of emotions.

Last year, notably both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, the top two picks, declined invitations from the league and watched the big night surrounded by their loved ones. It was the first time since 1994 that the No. 1 pick was not there in person at the draft. Former Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil is widely considered to be the first player off the board at this year's draft and is attending.

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott -- the No. 8 pick in Mocking The Draft's latest mock -- tipped off fans to his goal on draft night: to take a selfie with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

This year's draft is stacked with talent and there is still a ton of intrigue about how the top picks will unfold, which should make for an exciting and entertaining first round on Thursday night regardless of who is actually in the building.

Here's the full list of attendees for the 2016 NFL Draft, which will take place April 28-May 1:

Player Position School
Eli Apple CB Ohio State
Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
Corey Coleman WR Baylor
Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
Josh Doctson WR Texas Christian
Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
Jared Goff QB California
Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
Myles Jack LB UCLA
Chris Jones DT Mississippi State
Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
Darron Lee LB Ohio State
Keanu Neal S Florida
Robert Nkemdiche DT Mississippi
Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
Jarran Reed DT Alabama
A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
Laquon Treadwell WR Mississippi
Laremy Tunsil OT Mississippi
Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State

In addition to the players, there will be a lot of college head coaches in attendance, including:

Coach School
Art Briles Baylor
Mark Dantonio Michigan State
Sonny Dykes California
Jimbo Fisher Florida State
Hugh Freeze Mississippi
Brian Kelly Notre Dame
Chris Klieman North Dakota State
Urban Meyer Ohio State
Jim Mora UCLA
Gary Patterson Texas Christian
Nick Saban Alabama
Dabo Swinney Clemson