Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith Headline Announcers of Day 2 Picks in 2022 NFL Draft

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 28, 2022

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18:  Former Detroit Lions running back and Pro Football Hall-of-Fame member Barry Sanders waves to the crowd after receiving his Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence during a halftime show of the game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 18, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bears in overtime 37-34.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)
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The NFL announced seven Hall of Famers will be among the group of past and current players who will announce selections during Day 2 of the 2022 NFL draft in Las Vegas on Friday.

Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus provided the full list:

Ari Meirov @MySportsUpdate

The NFL will have former and active players announcing selections for rounds 2 and 3 on Friday Night.<br><br>Names include: Barry Sanders, Tony Gonzalez, Emmitt Smith, Austin Ekeler, Aaron Jones, Amani Toomer, and Warrick Dunn.<br><br>Full list below: <a href="https://t.co/aNTvd7OlnT">pic.twitter.com/aNTvd7OlnT</a>

Larry Csonka will reveal the Miami Dolphins' choice in the third round as the NFL celebrates the 50th anniversary of the only team to complete an undefeated season: the 1972 Dolphins.

A couple of fellow standout rushers who ended up in Canton, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith, are also set to take the stage Friday night.

The NFL said the introductions are part of the league's "continuing effort to connect the game's greats with the next generation of stars."

Most of the picks during the first round are announced by commissioner Roger Goodell, but there are also a few special plans in place for the Day 1 festivities on Thursday.

The announcement noted Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris will make their Round 1 pick in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, and the league previously confirmed two other notable selections:

  • No. 5 (New York Giants): Sam Prince from Make-A-Wish
  • No. 15 (Philadelphia Eagles): local youth football players

The draft gets underway at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, and Day 2 begins at 7 p.m. ET Friday.