Luck, Griffin know where they will go in the draft

Nerves to set in for the rest

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NEW YORK — Andrew Luck knows exactly where he’s heading, and so does Robert Griffin III.

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For the rest of the college stars preparing for the NFL Draft tonight, the anxiety is building. Nobody is looking forward to the green room at Radio City Music Hall.

“It kind of made me a little nervous when we were talking to the commissioner and he said, ‘You’ll be back there for an hour and it’ll feel like you’ve been back there for five days,’ ” Southern California tackle Matt Kalil said. “I’ll be sweatin’ up a storm back there, and I want to have my name called and not have to wait too long.”

He shouldn’t have to worry much about that. Most mock drafts project Kalil to go third overall to Minnesota after Luck heads to Indianapolis and Griffin to Washington.

But he knows better than to put much stock in the predraft chatter.

“I stopped paying attention to all of that stuff,” said Kalil, attending an NFL event at a playground in Manhattan. “No one really has a clue. Unless you’re the GM of a team, you don’t really know who a team is going to pick, so you just let it all play out.”

After Luck and Griffin, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill is expected to be the next quarterback taken – possibly eighth overall by Miami, where he’d be reunited with Mike Sherman. The new Dolphins offensive coordinator was Tannehill’s head coach the past four years.

Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon will likely be the first wide receiver picked, possibly as high as No. 4 by Cleveland. Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill and Baylor’s Kendall Wright are other receivers who might go in the opening round.

FALCONS ACQUIRE SAMUEL

ATLANTA — Asante Samuel was willing to restructure his contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons.

“I wanted to be a Falcon, so we made it work,” Samuel said.

Atlanta only gave up a seventh-round draft pick Wednesday when they acquired the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback from Philadelphia.

The Falcons announced the trade after Samuel agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5 million deal.

“He was a big part of making this deal happen,” Samuel said of Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff. “He’s excited, too, you know? He knows what I bring to the table and I’m going to come in there confident.”

– Associated Press

AREA DRAFT NOTABLES

CLEMSON

TE Dwayne Allen; DE Andre Branch; DE Kourtnei Brown; FB Chad Diehl; G Antoine McClain; DT Rennie Moore; CB Coty Sensabaugh; G David Smith; DT Brandon Thompson; OT Landon Walker

GEORGIA

T Justin Anderson; CB Brandon Boykin; P Drew Butler; TE Orson Charles; TE Bruce Figgins; T Cordy Glenn; C Ben Jones; DE Deangelo Tyson; K Blair Walsh

GEORGIA TECH

WR Stephen Hill

SOUTH CAROLINA

SS Antonio Allen; QB Stephen Garcia; CB Stephon Gilmore; DE Melvin Ingram; WR Alshon Jeffery; DT Travian Robertson; OT Rokevious Watkins

TOP 10 PICKS

1. Indianapolis

2. Washington (from St. Louis)

3. Minnesota

4. Cleveland

5. Tampa Bay

6. St. Louis (from Washington)

7. Jacksonville

8. Miami

9. Carolina

10. Buffalo


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