The NFL released the list of draft prospects participating in the 2021 draft event with 13 attending the event in person and another 45 virtually. Additionally, there will be a current or former member from all 32 teams announcing the team's selections on Day 2 (Friday, April 30th) of the draft.
The Detroit Lions’ Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow will be representing the team in Cleveland to announce the players drafted by GM Brad Holmes. Currently, the Lions hold picks No. 41, 72, and 101 on Day 2 of the draft, but those picks could change if Holmes works any draft day trades.
Ragnow did not attend the 2018 draft when he was selected by the Lions with pick No. 20 overall, instead opting to enjoy the moment at home with his family. It’s nice to see Ragnow—one of the most genuine people in the NFL—get an opportunity to participate in this year's festivities. Just don’t expect a Nate Burelson style of announcement.
Here’s a list of the 13 in-person attendees for this year's draft:
- Christian Barmore, Alabama
- Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
- Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
- Mac Jones, Alabama
- Trey Lance, North Dakota State
- Micah Parsons, Penn State
- Kyle Pitts, Florida
- Gregory Rousseau, Miami (Fla.)
- Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
- Devonta Smith, Alabama
- Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
- Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
- Zach Wilson, BYU
It’s an interesting list of players, as not all of them are sure-fire first-round picks. There are a few candidates among those attendees who the Lions may be interested in at pick No. 7.
The other 45 players participating virtually include projected first overall pick QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), QB Justin Fields (Ohio State), OT Penei Sewell (Oregon), as well as University of Michigan players EDGE Kwity Paye and OT Jalen Mayfield.