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 FOXSports.com 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 FOXSports.com 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
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