With the NFL confirming a list of 23 players who will attend the 2019 NFL Draft in person on Tuesday, there is a fairly good chance that the prospect the Pittsburgh Steelers select with their opening pick will be on hand to celebrate the moment on stage in Nashville.
Alabama and Oklahoma saw the most of their former players invited with three each, with LSU and Iowa the only other teams to have more than one representative. But while one of the most popular names to mock to the Steelers in Michigan linebacker Devin Bush will be there to put on a Pittsburgh hat if he is their selection, the other popular player to project to the Steelers will not, with Washington cornerback Byron Murphy presumably declining his invitation.
The opening round begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 25, with everyone who attends hoping to avoid the anguish of being the last one left sitting in the green room. Players like Alabama quarterback Kyle Murray and Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa are unlikely to be waiting too long to hear their names called, but others such as Iowa tight end Noah Fant or Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker might not be so lucky.