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Daily Blitz - Apr. 13: Record-setting Draft

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The NFL Draft has become an industry unto itself.

Each year the hoopla around the event grows, and the 2012 edition is shaping up to be the biggest yet. So it comes to no surprise that the invitation list to Radio City Music Hall included a record-high 26 prospects this year for the April 26th event, the league announced on Thursday night.

BCS national champion Alabama leads the pack with five attendees, followed by LSU with three while Baylor, South Carolina, Southern California and Stanford will each send a pair to the Big Apple.

Here is a complete list of the top prospects who are attending:

  1. Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  2. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
  3. Michael Brockers, DT, Louisiana State
  4. Morris Claiborne, CB, Louisiana State
  5. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
  6. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
  7. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
  8. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
  9. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
  10. Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
  11. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
  12. Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
  13. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
  14. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
  15. Matt Kalil, OT, Southern California
  16. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
  17. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  18. Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State
  19. Nick Perry, DE, Southern California
  20. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
  21. Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana State
  22. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
  23. Devon Still, DT, Penn State
  24. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  25. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
  26. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The first round of the draft begins Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds 2-3 will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. ET while rounds 4-7 conclude on Saturday, starting at noon ET.

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*Since 1984, Miami has led the nation with 46 first-round draft picks (10 more than second-place Ohio State) and 93 players drafted in the first three rounds (17 more than second-place Florida State and USC).

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