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Will the Colts' first round pick be in attendance at the 2016 NFL Draft?

The NFL announced yesterday that 25 players will attend the 2016 NFL Draft - will the Colts draft one of them?

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The 2016 NFL Draft is getting closer and closer, as two weeks from tomorrow the first round will take place in Chicago.  With the draft quickly approaching, then, the NFL yesterday announced the list of players who will be in attendance at the draft, a list totaling 25 of the top prospects this year.

Here's the full list:

CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
QB Jared Goff, California
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
S Keanu Neal, Florida
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

The question from a Colts perspective is this: will the player the Colts take in the first round be in attendance?  There's a decent chance, though it's far from certain.  Last year, the Colts drafted a player who wasn't there in Phillip Dorsett, and two years earlier (they didn't have a first round pick in 2014) they drafted Bjoern Werner, who was in New York for the draft.  The year before that, they also drafted a player who was attending in Andrew Luck.

Will that happen again this year?  Obviously, a number of players attending will be long gone by the time the Colts' 18th overall pick comes around this year, but with 25 players attending, there are guaranteed to be at least eight players left on the board who are there.  Some of those players are ones we've seen associated with the Colts in mock drafts, such as Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker, Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, Clemson linebacker Shaq Lawson, Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee, and others.  Could it be that one of those players is the Colts' top pick?  It's possible, and if so, the Colts would be taking a player in attendance at the draft in Chicago.  It's far from certain, but there's certainly a chance that the Colts could wind up drafting one of the 25 players who are confirmed to attend the draft.