- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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The league has announced that an all-time high 26 players will be at Radio City Music Hall for the first round. I’m looking at the list and the three realistic candidates for the Bucs at No. 5 -- LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon -- are scheduled to be in New York.
The Panthers have the No. 9 overall pick in the draft. I’m looking at the list and seeing multiple players that have a chance to end up in Carolina, including Blackmon, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. I also think Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff are also possibilities for the Panthers, but they’re not scheduled to be in New York.
Aside from the players mentioned above, here’s the rest of the list of guys scheduled to be in New York for the draft:
Mark Baron, safety, Alabama
Coby Fleener, tight end, Stanford
Michael Floyd, receiver, Notre Dame
Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina
Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor
Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama
Stephen Hill, receiver, Georgia Tech
Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina
Matt Kalil, offensive tackle, Southern California
Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama
Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford
Shea McClellin, linebacker, Boise State
Nick Perry, defensive end, Southern California
Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU
Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M
Courtney Upshaw, linebacker, Alabama
Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor
It’s looking like there’s a good chance the players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers choose in the first round of this year’s NFL draft will be in New York that night.