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NFL Draft 2013 Preview: Players in attendance, facts, figures

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The 2013 NFL Draft begins tonight. There will be 23 of the top draft prospects in Radio City Music Hall for the Draft. Here's a look at who will be there.

Wesley Hitt

23 PLAYERS TO ATTEND NFL DRAFT

Twenty-three top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the NFL announced today.

That includes a 2013-best four players from BCS National Champion Alabama: T D.J. Fluker, RB Eddie Lacy, CB Dee Milliner, and G Chance Warmack - and four players from Florida State - QB E.J. Manuel, DE Bjoern Werner, T Menelik Watson, and CB Xavier Rhodes.

The players confirmed to attend this year's NFL Draft:

1)

Ezekiel Ansah

DE

Brigham Young

13)

Barkevious Mingo

DE

Louisiana State

2)

Tavon Austin

WR

West Virginia

14)

Cordarrelle Patterson

WR

Tennessee

3)

Jonathan Cooper

G

North Carolina

15)

Eric Reid

S

Louisiana State

4)

Eric Fisher

T

Central Michigan

16)

Xavier Rhodes

CB

Florida State

5)

Sharrif Floyd

DT

Florida

17)

Sheldon Richardson

DT

Missouri

6)

D.J. Fluker

T

Alabama

18)

Geno Smith

QB

West Virginia

7)

Luke Joeckel

T

Texas A&M

19)

Desmond Trufant

CB

Washington

8)

Lane Johnson

T

Oklahoma

20)

Kenny Vaccaro

S

Texas

9)

Dion Jordan

DE

Oregon

21)

Chance Warmack

G

Alabama

10)

Eddie Lacy

RB

Alabama

22)

Menelik Watson

T

Florida State

11)

E.J. Manuel

QB

Florida State

23)

Bjoern Werner

DE

Florida State

12)

Dee Milliner

CB

Alabama

2013 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES

WHAT:

78th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE:

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Between 50th and 51st Streets).

WHEN:

8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 25 (Round 1).

6:30 PM ET, Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3).

Noon ET, Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:15 PM ET. In 2012, the first round consumed exactly three hours. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 10:30 PM ET. The second and third rounds took three hours and 48 minutes in 2012. The draft will conclude by approximately 7:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and 17 minutes in 2012.

DRAFTING:

Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.

ROUNDS:

Seven Rounds - Round 1 on Thursday, April 25; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 26; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 27.

There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.

The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds -

Round 3: Houston, 33; Kansas City, 34; Tennessee, 35. Round 4: Baltimore, 33; San Francisco, 34; Detroit, 35; Atlanta, 36. Round 5: Miami, 33; Green Bay, 34; Baltimore, 35. Round 6: Houston, 33; Tennessee, 34; Baltimore, 35; Kansas City, 36; Oakland, 37; Pittsburgh, 38. Round 7: Philadelphia, 33; Cincinnati, 34; Seattle, 35; Seattle, 36; Atlanta, 37; Atlanta, 38; Detroit, 39; San Francisco, 40; Baltimore, 41; Tennessee, 42; Atlanta, 43; Miami, 44; Cincinnati, 45; San Francisco, 46; New York Giants, 47; Indianapolis, 48.

St. Louis (Nos. 16 and 22) and Minnesota (Nos. 23 and 25) have two selections in the first round. Seattle and Washington do not have first-round picks. All other teams have one first-round selection.

TIME LIMITS:

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes per selection.

TELEVISION:

NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will televise the draft on all three days.

INTERNET & MOBILE:

Live streaming on Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 PM ET and Friday, April 26 at 6:30 PM ET, NFL.com Live Presented by Courtyard provides comprehensive coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall. On Saturday, NFL.com Live will stream NFL Network's coverage of Rounds 4-7 beginning at 12 Noon ET. Throughout the live stream broadcasts, NFL.com's "Cover it Live" blogging tool offers fans a unique forum to voice their opinions, and interact with fellow fans and NFL Network analysts.

The popular "Fan War Rooms" are back for a fifth year, offering innovative ways for fans to follow the Draft, allowing them the opportunity to discuss a team's strategy and immediately react once a player is selected.

NFL Fan Pass Presented by McDonald's provides a unique way to experience the NFL Draft with unparalleled access leading up to and during the event. Fans will be able to see exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the players attending New York City, in addition to inside access to Draft parties and events.

Draft Xtra is the official companion app for the 2013 NFL Draft on NFL Network. Available inside the latest version of NFL 13, Xtra will provide fans with exclusive live video and interviews from Radio City Music Hall. In addition, the application will offer key player information and the ability to play trivia, answer polls, and predict each pick as it is made live. Draft Xtra will be available on iOS and Android devices the week of the Draft.

Mobile users will also be able to get extensive coverage leading up to and during the 2013 NFL Draft, including a live stream of NFL Network and its 2013 NFL Draft coverage, a live draft tracker and draft pick analysis from NFL experts, and mobile "Fan War Rooms" integrated with those of NFL.com.

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