Whether they are present or not, the top NFL prospects will be have their names called at the NFL Draft on April 28.
But who is going to have their names called?
Nobody knows the answer to that question, but mock drafts and speculation dominate NFL headlines this time of year. Take a look at mock drafts from two-and-half months ago and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers was the surefire first overall pick.
Then the BCS National Championship Game was played and Auburn's Nick Fairley joined the conversation.
Then Auburn's Cam Newton worked out for the media and suddenly vaulted into the position of the top quarterback available.
All the while, LSU's Patrick Peterson has been considered the best overall prospect available, but has kept guessers weary since no defensive back has ever been selected higher than third overall.
Where do Newton and Peterson stand now? Newton had a rough NFL Combine; Peterson is falling victim to other prospects filling team needs better than he does.
Let's see where they'll likely be picked and break down the rest of the first round along the way.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Nick Fairley, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, OG/C
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Corey Liuget, DT
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Newton, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller, LB
7. San Francisco: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Castonzo, OT
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Akeem Ayers, OLB
24. New Orleans Saints: Justin Houston, OLB/DE
|9. Dallas Cowboys: J.J. Watt, DE |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE
28. New England Patriots: Cameron Heyward, DE
|13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith, OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith, DE
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Jordan, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dan Watkins, OG
32. Green Bay Packers: Brooks Reed, OLB/DE