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The green room, or the area where the league houses players and their families who are invited to the actual live event in New York, is a somewhat recent addition to the rituals of the NFL draft.
According to ESPN, the green room was created sometime in the late 1980s, when the top pick in the draft was flown to New York. In the 1990s, the green room still consisted of only five or six of the top picks, and it was rare for a player to wait long before hearing his name called.
Fast forward 20 years, and the production value of the NFL draft has increased exponentially. Now, the NFL wants as many players at the event as possible.
Instead of a handful of players attending the event, the NFL is continually adding players to the stress-filled green room. Add in cameras focused in on every player in New York, and you get reality television at its very best.
In 2013, a record 23 players will be in attendance.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel and four players from the University of Alabama (D.J. Fluker, Eddie Lacy, Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack) will be among the players in attendance at Radio City Music Hall.
Popular players such as USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o decided to decline their invitations and watch the draft from home.
Expect this ritual of green-room participation to continue to grow as more and more eyes fixate on the draft every April.