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Antitrust plaintiff Miller to attend draft

Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:37 pm
 
Outside linebacker Von Miller told ESPN he will attend the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 22 days after he's scheduled to be in court as a plantiff in the antritrust lawsuit the NFL players have filed against the league.
  
The former Texas A&M star is one of 20 players that have been invited to the draft, according to the NFL Network.  
  
Other names reportedly on the invite list include defensive tackle Marcel Dareus, wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram from Alabama, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and teammate defensive end Aldon Smith, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.
  
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan have also been invited, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
  
All are among NFLDraftScout.com's top 20 overall rated prospects.
  
Jones told Sirius NFL Radio that he will attend the draft, while Clayborn announced on his Twitter page that he'll be there and Smith told the NFL Network at his pro day that he'll be at Radio City Music Hall. Washington quarterback Jake Locker said at his pro day that he received an invitation, but will watch the event at home with his family.
  
"I appreciate the invite, but for me, I want to be with the people that have been with me my whole life and helped me get to this point, and I want to share that experience for them," Locker told NFL Network. "Not all of them would be able to come to New York with me."
  
The NFL Players Trade Association said it will have an event over draft weekend, but that it won't interfere with the draft itself, after weeks of rumors that prospects were being asked not to attend.

--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor
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