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A record 26 players to attend 2012 NFL Draft

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
The draft will host the Heisman Trophy winner as well as five players from Alabama and three from LSU. (Getty Images)

A record 26 players representing 16 schools will attend the 2012 NFL Draft that begins Thursday, April 26, at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Names includes likely first-overall pick Andrew Luck, Heisman Trophy winner (and probable No. 2 pick) Robert Griffin III, as well as five players from Alabama and three from LSU.

The complete list (in alphabetical order):

Alabama S Mark Barron (Alabama), WR Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), DT Michael Brockers (LSU), CB Morris Claiborne (LSU), DE Quinton Coples (UNC), DT Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), TE Coby Fleener (Stanford), WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), CB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina), OL Cordy Glenn (Georgia), QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor), ILB Dont'a Hightower (Alabama), WR Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech ), DE Melvin Ingram (South Carolina), LT Matt Kalil (USC), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), QB Andrew Luck (Stanford), LB Shea McClellin (Boise State), DE Nick Perry (USC), DT Dontari Poe (Memphis), WR Rueben Randle (LSU), RB Trent Richardson (Alabama), DT Devon Still (Penn State), QB Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), LB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), WR Kendall Wright (Baylor).

Seven players widely considered to be first-round possibilities will not be in attendance:

T Riley Reiff (Iowa)
LB Luke Kuechly (Boston College)
LB Whitney Mercilus (Illinois)
G David DeCastro (Stanford)
T Jonathan Martin (Stanford)
T Mike Adams (Ohio State)
DT Jerel Worthy (Michigan State)

Quarterback Brandon Weeden, a potential second or third-rounder, won't be there, either.

As PFT points out, cancer survivor and former BC linebacker Mark Herzlich attended the draft last April but wasn't selected. He eventually signed as an undrafted free agent with the Giants and now has a Super Bowl ring.

Rodgers and Quinn had long days during their respective first rounds. (Getty Images)

During the 2005 draft, Aaron Rodgers spent the better part of a day in the green room before the Packers finally selected him 24th. And two years later, Brady Quinn suffered a similar fate until the Browns traded up to get him at No. 22.

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