Record 25 prospects to attend NFL draft

A record 25 players will attend the NFL draft at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall Thursday night, the league said Monday.

The 25 confirmed attendees is eight more than last year, when a record 17 attended the event.

After the lockout went into effect March 11, some reports speculated that the NFL Players Association would urge prospects not to attend. The NFLPA denied ever asking players to boycott amid the labor dispute.

Among the prospects set to hear their name read in person by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, who is one of the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit filed by the players against the league.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who many analysts expect to be picked first overall by the Panthers, will attend.

Other highly regarded prospects who will attend include Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.

The first round of the NFL draft will be held Thursday night at 8:00pm ET, with the second and third rounds Friday night and the final four rounds on Saturday afternoon.