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A record 30 players to attend 2014 NFL Draft

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

30 players will be at Radio City Music Hall hoping to hear their names called. (USATSI)
30 players will be at Radio City Music Hall hoping to hear their names called. (USATSI)

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The 2014 NFL Draft begins May 8 and a record 30 players will be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall, six more than accepted invitations last year.

The list, in alphabetical order:

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
Timmy Jernigan, DL, Florida St.
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Meanwhile, quarterback Derek Carr, a likely first-round pick, has decided to watch the proceedings unfold with his familly in California.

Of course, as the number of players who attend the draft continues to climb, so too does the likelihood that some of them won't hear their names called during Thursday's first round.

In 2011, cancer survivor and former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich attended the draft but wasn't selected. He eventually signed as an undrafted free agent with the Giants where he won a Super Bowl as a rookie.

In 2012, Coby Fleener, Courtney Upshaw, Cordy Glenn, Stephen Hill, Devon Still, and Rueben Randle were all in attendance and all ended up going in Round 2. (Glenn left for Atlanta after the first round, and Randle was tasked with turning out the lights in the green room -- he finally heard his name called when the Giants took him with the 63rd pick.)

And last year, Geno Smith, thought to be a sure-bet first-rounder, slipped until the second round.

But whatever happens, remember: It's not where you start, it's where you finish (obvious exception: Brady Quinn).

Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn had long days during their respective first rounds in 2007. (USATSI)
Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn had long days during their respective first rounds. (USATSI)

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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