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2011 NFL Draft: Record 25 Players Will Attend The Festivities In New York

There was some talk a few weeks ago about the Player's Association encouraging potential draftees to boycott the NFL Draft in a show of solidarity in their fight for a new CBA. That ended up not being the case, and the NFL has decided to go to the other extreme. According to a press release from the league, there will be a record 25 players in attendance for 2011 NFL Draft, which will be held at Radio City Music Hall starting on Thursday.

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There will be three LA area players in attendance: USC will be represented by tackle Tyron Smith (a probable top ten pick), while UCLA sends safety Rahim Moore and linebacker Akeem Ayers (who both figure to go somewhere in the late first-early second round).

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It will be interesting to watch, because there are a number of players on this list who will most certainly not be first round picks. Whether they will even be in the green room during the separate first round that will take place on Thursday remains to be seen. But with all these players in attendance, we could be in store for an "on the verge of tears because he's been sitting in the green room for way to long and so he becomes the people's champion" of epic proportions.

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