Smith, Jones, Chase settle for invitations to NFL draft

Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of Alabama is scheduled to look in particular person in Cleveland on the NFL draft later this month.

Smith, the huge receiver projected to be a excessive first-round decide, is amongst a gaggle of gamers who’ve accepted their invites to attend the draft.

The NFL introduced final month that among the high prospects had been being invited to Cleveland. The league is hoping to include among the metropolis’s best-known places alongside Lake Erie: FirstEnergy Stadium, house of the Browns; and the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame.

The draft might be held April 29 to Might 1.

Final 12 months’s draft was held just about due to the COVID-19 pandemic as Commissioner Roger Goodell hosted the 2020 occasion from his New York-area house, however he might be in attendance this time in Ohio.

Smith will not be the one member of the nationwide champions in attendance. Quarterback Mac Jones, defensive lineman Christian Barmore and cornerback Patrick Surtain II might be there as effectively.

Additionally attending the festivities might be huge receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who received the nationwide title with LSU in 2019 earlier than opting out of the 2020 season; North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance; Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts; Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau; Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons; and Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley.

Jones, Smith, Pitts and Surtain had been all members of the AP All-America first staff in 2020, whereas Barmore was on the third staff. And Chase, Rousseau and Parsons had been first-teamers in 2019.

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