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2015 NFL DRAFT

Luke Kuechly not among record 26 players to attend draft

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

The NFL announced a record 26 players have accepted invitations to attend the 2012 NFL Draft, with the first round set to kick off at Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. ET on April 26.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford and Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the projected top two overall picks, will be in attendance. Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill will also be on-hand.

Reigning national champion Alabama will be represented by five players: safety Mark Barron, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, running back Trent Richardson and linebacker Courtney Upshaw. LSU, which lost the title game to the Crimson Tide, will have cornerback Morris Claiborne, defensive tackle Michael Brockers and wide receiver Reuben Randle at the event.

The other prospects to accept invitations are:
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Matt Kalil, OT, Southern California
Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State
Nick Perry, DE, Southern California
Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The highest-rated player by NFLDraftScout.com who won't be at Radio City Music Hall is Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, the No. 12-rated overall prospect, although it's not known if he simply declined an invitation as players sometimes do.

Hightower, No. 41 overall, is the lowest-rated player by NFLDraftScout.com to accept an invite.

With the second round starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, a few prospects inevitably will be waiting overnight in New York City before learning where their first NFL destination will be.

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