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Published April 25, 2013
INTERNATIONAL APPEAL: In Atlanta, Michael Cunningham notes after a "record five international prospects were selected" in last year's NFL Draft, "as many as five could be selected in the first two rounds" this year. The league's efforts to "market the game around the world could get a boost from this recent group of foreign-born players." The "top international prospects" are DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ghana), DE Margus Hunt (Estonia), DT Jesse Williams (Australia), DE Bjoern Werner (Germany) and OT Menelik Watson (U.K.). The group is "unique among international players because all are highly rated prospects, and none are kickers." The "common thread among all except Werner is their rapid rise from football novices to legitimate professional prospects." Still, it is "not clear if the recent influx of international players in the draft is the start of a long-term trend." Most of the "top foreign-born prospects in this NFL draft stumbled into football from other sports" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 4/25).
MIXED MESSAGES: FOXSPORTS.com's Alex Marvez noted former players from "all 32 franchises will announce second- and third-round picks" tomorrow night at the NFL Draft, and nine of them are "among more than 4,100 former players suing the NFL for head injuries allegedly suffered during their playing days." By participating in draft proceedings, they are "welcoming college players into a league they claim was negligent in diagnosing concussions and head trauma during their own playing days" (FOXSPORTS.com, 4/24).