It has historically been held in New York City, but the NFL chose Chicago as this year's venue. Network cameras will be providing close-up shots of players as they anxiously wait for their name to be called. NFL.com published the following list of prospects who will be in attendance for the 2015 NFL Draft:
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
WR Devin Smith, Ohio State
WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
WR Kevin White, West Virginia
OL La'el Collins, LSU
OL Cameron Erving, Florida State
OL D.J. Humphries, Florida
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OL Andrus Peat, Stanford
OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OL Donovan Smith, Penn State
OL Laken Tomlinson, Duke
CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
CB Byron Jones, Connecticut
CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
S Landon Collins, Alabama
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
LB/DE Vic Beasley, Clemson
LB/DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky
LB/DE Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida
LB/DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
LB/DE Shane Ray, Missouri
DL Arik Armstead, Oregon
DL Danny Shelton, Washington
DL Leonard Williams, USC
You might notice that quarterbacks seem to be missing from the list of expected attendees. That same article on NFL.com provided this:
The consensus top two quarterbacks in this year's draft -- potential No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota -- are notable omissions from the list of confirmed attendees. Winston has said he would probably stay home on draft weekend to be with his family, and Mariota intends to celebrate with family in Hawaii.
Will Shane Ray still be in attendance after the news broke that he was cited yesterday for possession of marijuana and driving in the wrong lane?
Ray released the following statement Monday night, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport:
"I'd like to apologize to my Mother, Fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgement Monday morning," Ray said. "I am embarrassed and realize there are consequences for my actions.
"I was not under the influence nor impaired, therefore I was not detained. Fortunately, Monday's incident only resulted in a citation. I will make better choices in the future. It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. My future NFL career has been something I have always dreamed about and is very important to me. I commit that my actions will represent that. There are no excuses here and I will take the necessary steps to ensure this will not happen again. I will not jeopardize my ability to have a positive impact on and off the field moving forward."
Which of these players, if any, are you most interested in seeing Friday with a Texans hat while on stage? How do you feel the Shane Ray news will affect his draft stock since it happened just days before the big event where he can potentially make generation-changing income? Share your thoughts below with fellow fans.