The 2018 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and while fans of every team want to know who's joining their squads, a highlight of the event is watching kids see their NFL dreams realized on the big stage. That's how you get moments like Takk McKinley's stirring tribute last year.

Earlier in April, the NFL released the names of 22 prospects who are confirmed to be attending the draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

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Headlining the list are quarterbacks like Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Sam Darnold, as well as other top prospects like defensive end Bradley Chubb and running back Saquon Barkley. Meanwhile, as previously reported, linebacker Shaquem Griffin will be attending the draft with "the entire nation behind me now." Notable players not attending include quarterback Baker Mayfield and offensive guard Quenton Nelson

Per usual, nobody should read too much into a prospect's decision to either attend or skip the event. Attending the event comes with its perks -- the opportunity to pull a Zeke by stealing the spotlight on the red carpet, to name one -- but it also comes with some clear downsides for players who aren't guaranteed to be drafted in the early going. For those who slide, the wait can be excruciating -- just ask Aaron Rodgers.

Anyway, here's the entire list sorted alphabetically:

  1. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville 
  2. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  5. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  6. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  7. Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio 
  8. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  9. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  10. Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
  12. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  13. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  14. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville 
  15. Derwin James, S, Florida State
  16. Kolton Miller, T, UCLA
  17. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  18. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia 
  19. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  20. Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  21. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  22. Connor Williams, OT, Texas

The draft will take place from April 26-28. For all of the latest projections and the up-to-date draft order, head on over to our mock draft page here.