On the evening of April 25th, 32 football players will make the jump from college to the pros as first round NFL draft choices. A phone will ring, a man will give one of the biggest smiles of his life and a dream will come true.
Some times that scene plays out at a home, and sometimes it plays out in the green room at Radio City Music Hall. If the Lions phone call goes to one of the green room phones, that man with the big smile will be handed a Lions cap and will walk across the draft stage to shake Roger Goodell’s hand.
The NFL released the official list of players who will be in attendance. Here they are:
|Ezekiel Ansah||DE||Brigham Young|
|Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|Jonathan Cooper||G||North Carolina|
|Eric Fisher||T||Central Michigan|
|Luke Joeckel||T||Texas A&M|
|E.J. Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|Barkevious Mingo||DE||Louisiana State|
|Eric Reid||S||Louisiana State|
|Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|Menelik Watson||T||Florida State|
|Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
The list contains the names most often linked to the Detroit Lions. It also contains a few names that would be interesting options should they fall out of the first round.
Who do you hope is putting on a Lions hat as he walks across the stage?