With the beginning of the 2015 NFL Draft only a little over two weeks away, the league has announced the official list of prospects who will make the trip to Chicago to attend this year's event in person. A total of 26 players are set to attend. Here's the full list:
Draft Update: 26 players confirmed to attend 2015 @NFL Draft. Here's the list: pic.twitter.com/xH260qfLLz— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) April 14, 2015
The two top quarterbacks from this draft class are notably absent from the list, which isn't a surprise. It's been known for a while now that Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota won't be attending this year's big event, despite the fact they're expected to go as soon as the first two overall picks.
There are a number of players on the list of 26 who could end up being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. The team has already hosted Byron Jones, La'El Collins, Kevin Johnson, Benardrick McKinney, Shane Ray, and Jaelen Strong on pre-draft visits. Oregon's Arik Armstead also shares an obvious connection to Eagles coach Chip Kelly. It's possible one of those players could be the pick at No. 20 overall. Assuming the Eagles don't trade for Mariota or anything crazy like that.
Last year, the Eagles picked a player in the first round who didn't attend the draft: Louisville's Marcus Smith. Smith also failed to show up on the field last year for Philadelphia, having only played around 100 total snaps. However, Philadelphia's second round draft pick, Jordan Matthews, did attend the event in Radio City.
So... what do you envision happening on draft night? Personally, I wouldn't be surprised to see Byron Jones posing with Roger Goodell and holding up an Eagles jersey. Or maybe an offensive lineman. How about you?