Some of the classic moments in draft history haven't been the too-familiar (and about two or three seconds too long) man-hugs from Commissioner Roger Goodell – those are just creepy – but it's the embarrassing green room moments. Who can forget gasping lip-readers when Ben Roethlisberger mumbled his disdain? Or the eye-rolling of Brady Quinn's fiancée as her wedding diamond got downsized with each pick? Or the sight of Aaron Rodgers still in the green room while a janitor in the background was stacking chair and removing table linens?
However, that was back at a time when the NFL was restricting the number of prospects in the green room to a dozen or so. Thirty? Really?
For the record, here's the list by position:
Quarterbacks – Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).
Running Backs – None.
Wide Receivers – Odell Beckham (LSU), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Cody Latimer (Indiana), Marqise Lee (USC), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), Sammy Watkins (Clemson).
Tight Ends – Eric Ebron (North Carolina).
Offensive Linemen – Cyrus Koundjio (Alabama), Taylor Lewan (Michigan), Jake Matthews (Texas A&M), Morgan Moses (Virginia), Greg Robinson (Auburn).
Defensive Linemen – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), Kony Ealy (Missouri), Ra'shede Hageman (Minnesota), Timmy Jernigan (Florida State).
Linebackers – Khalil Mack (Buffalo), C.J. Mosley (Alabama), Ryan Shazier (Ohio State).
Defensive Backs – HaHa Clinton-Dix (Alabama), Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Calvin Pryor (Louisville), Bradley Roby (Ohio State), Jason Verrett (TCU).
There are several things that stand out, aside from the fact that dominoes games will break out or perhaps even a Texas Hold 'Em tournament – there will be enough guys waiting to get it done.
While the NFL prepares to spend tonight breaking down a schedule of 2014 opponents that is already known – only the dates are in question at this point – here are the newsworthy nuggets from the league's list of Draft Night invitees.
The NFL will make a splashy show tonight of the release of the schedule to get the fans drooling about the Monday night possibilities to come. But the real spring fling is draft weekend.
The NFL has invited a record number of players to be part of the hype machine that will focus on the stars of the future. Unfortunately, opening night will end with a handful of players (or more) still sitting and waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.