Last week, Adam Schefter reported that at least 19 players have been confirmed to attend the 2013 NFL Draft this year. Each year, only a limited number of prospects are invited. For example, last year, there were 26 invitees, including one of the Cleveland Browns' first-round picks, Trent Richardson. Their other first-round pick, Brandon Weeden, was not invited to the draft.
Here is the list of players who will definitely attend this year's event in New York:
QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
DE Margus Hunt, SMU
DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
OLB Ezekial Ansah, BYU
CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Pro Football Talk reports that a couple of other players, including QB Matt Barkley and OLB Dion Jordan, have been invited, but have not yet committed to attending. LB Manti Te'o has reportedly turned down the opportunity to attend. Not every big prospect decides to attend. If you recall, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas decided to go fishing back when Cleveland picked him, and that has only added to his legacy.
Are there any prospects on the list that you look at and are surprised to see? Remember, most of the invitees should be considered first-round hopefuls, considering how the draft is structured to be split up over multiple days.