NFL ‘looking at’ inviting 2nd-rounders to draft

The Radio City Music Hall stage may no longer be reserved for just

the top prospects in April’s NFL draft.

League spokesman Greg Aiello told that the

league is “looking at” inviting some of the top

projected second-round picks to New York City for the second day of

the draft on April 23. That would allow the league to potentially

showcase such talent as star college quarterbacks Tim Tebow

(Florida) and Colt McCoy (Texas) if neither player gets chosen in

the first round on April 22.

Under a new format, the draft will now extend for three days.

For the first time, the first round will be held in prime-time on a

Thursday night. Rounds 2-3 will unfold Friday night, followed by

Rounds 4-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. E.S.T. on April 24.

At least four of the top prospects — Nebraska defensive

tackle Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy,

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and Tennessee safety Eric Berry

— are likely to receive invitations to New York City for the

draft’s first day. But none of those players have the same

allure as Tebow, whose NFL future is this year’s most

intriguing pre-draft storyline. Tebow was one of the greatest

players in college football history, but questions about whether he

can excel in an NFL-style offense or will even remain at

quarterback could push him out of the first round.

Agent Jimmy Sexton told that Tebow hasn’t

decided where he will be for the draft. Sexton is optimistic that

Tebow will be a first-round pick, especially after receiving a

clean bill of medical health from Combine doctors and excelling

Sunday in non-throwing drills. Tebow ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7

seconds and registered a vertical jump of 38.5 inches, which ties

Josh McCown for the highest leap among quarterbacks in Combine


The big knock on Tebow is his passing mechanics. Tebow is

expected to unveil a new throwing motion March 17 at his on-campus

pro day.

McCoy was the winningest starting quarterback in NCAA history

with 43 victories and is known for pinpoint accuracy. But questions

about his size – he’s 6-foot-1 and ¼ inch — and

arm strength also could bump him into round two.

“I’d like to say I’m 6-4, but this is what

God gave me,” McCoy said Saturday at the Combine.

The 2009 NFL draft drew a record 39 million television

viewers. The draft was televised on weekends from 1995 through