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Alabama’s Smith headlines players attending NFL draft

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

Smith, the wide receiver projected to be a high firstround pick, is among a group of players who have accepted their invitation­s to attend the draft.

The NFL announced last month that some of the top prospects were being invited to Cleveland. The league is hoping to incorporat­e some of the city's best-known locations along Lake Erie: FirstEnerg­y Stadium, home of the Browns; and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The draft will be held April 29 to May 1.

Last year's draft was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic as Commission­er Roger Goodell hosted the 2020 event from his New York-area home, but he will be in attendance this time in Ohio.

Smith won't be the only member of the national champions in attendance. Quarterbac­k Mac Jones, defensive lineman Christian Barmore and cornerback Patrick Surtain II will be there as well.

Also attending the festivitie­s will be wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, who won the national title with LSU in 2019 before opting out of the 2020 season; North Dakota State quarterbac­k Trey Lance; Florida tight end Kyle Pitts; Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau; Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons; and Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley.

Jones, Smith, Pitts and Surtain were all members of the AP All-America first team in 2020, while Barmore was on the third team. And Chase, Rousseau and Parsons were first-teamers in 2019.

 ?? PHIL MASTURZO / USA TODAY NETWORK ?? Workers begin setting up the grand stage behind FirstEnerg­y Stadium near the shores of Lake Erie on April 7 in preparatio­n for the upcoming NFL draft in Cleveland.
PHIL MASTURZO / USA TODAY NETWORK Workers begin setting up the grand stage behind FirstEnerg­y Stadium near the shores of Lake Erie on April 7 in preparatio­n for the upcoming NFL draft in Cleveland.
 ?? AP ?? Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith will appear in person at the NFL draft in Cleveland.
AP Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith will appear in person at the NFL draft in Cleveland.

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