The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2017 NFL Draft. Special guests will take part in the excitement of the Draft by announcing various picks and participating in festivities in Philadelphia.
Salute to Service – Military Appreciation
The NFL will recognize active duty service members, veterans and their families at Draft events throughout the week. On Thursday evening, a joint color guard will be joined onstage with veterans from Wounded Warrior Project during the National Anthem to open the Draft.
The NFL has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor the Frisons, a Gold Star Family. A Philadelphia native and passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, U.S. Army 1st Lt. DEMETRIUS FRISON lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison’s wife and son will accompany Philadelphia Eagles Legend RON JAWORSKI onstage to announce the Eagles’ Round 2 pick along with a Joint Service Honor Guard representing all branches of military service.
In addition, active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans from the USO and Wounded Warrior Project will be guests at the Draft on Saturday for Rounds 4-7.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude patient KATE FOSTER will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL and Chicago Bears Legend JAY HILGENBERG to announce the Bears’ Round 2 pick. A competitive gymnast, Kate, 18, from Rockford, IL, lost her left leg to an infection during treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 12 but overcame her illness and returned to the gym less than a year later.
Make-A-Wish recipient TJ ONWUANIBE will have his wish granted when he joins COMMISSIONER GOODELL to announce the Baltimore Ravens’ Round 1 pick. A football-loving 14-year old, TJ is a cancer survivor and devoted Ravens fan from Laurel, MD.
Youth and High School Football
Football players from MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGH SCHOOL will take the stage alongside COMMISSIONER GOODELL and represent the Philadelphia Eagles during their Round 1 pick. Due to lack of resources and funding, Germantown High School’s football program merged with former crosstown rival Martin Luther King High School. Prior to the pick announcement, the team will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft prospects.
In addition, LIAM MCCLURE, a Methacton High School football player diagnosed with autism, will walk the Red Carpet on Thursday and hand out New Era Caps to Draft picks with his teammates. McClure fell in love with football after attending a Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp and further developed his passion for the game after joining the Methacton Warriors.
In memory of the late legendary Pennsylvania high school football coach MIKE PETTINE SR., the Central Bucks West High School football team will accompany Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year team winner JON DORENBOS in making the Eagles’ Round 3 pick. Pettine Sr. had 16 undefeated seasons in his 33 years as head coach and won four state championships with Central Bucks West High School.
For the first time, Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be youth football-themed. Youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their local markets during pick selections.
The NFL Draft 7-on-7 tournament champions will be recognized onstage during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Round 7 selection.
NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition
Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends Community, one representing each team, will be featured in Round 2. 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame members will announce picks, including MORTEN ANDERSEN, JIM BROWN, WILLIE BROWN, FRANCO HARRIS, JIM TAYLOR and THURMAN THOMAS.
Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Carolina Panthers linebacker and 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year THOMAS DAVIS will make the Round 1 pick selection on behalf of his team.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
Below is the list of former players scheduled to make selections in Round 2, as well as Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year national and team winners announcing Round 3 picks. There are a total of 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers listed below.
Bold designates Hall of Famers
|Team||Round 2||Round 3|
|Arizona Cardinals||Jim Hart||Mike Leach|
|Atlanta Falcons||Gerald Riggs||Matt Bosher|
|Baltimore Ravens||Jermaine Lewis||Edwin Mulitalo|
|Buffalo Bills||Thurman Thomas||Bryan Scott|
|Carolina Panthers||Travelle Wharton||Greg Olsen|
|Chicago Bears||Jay Hilgenberg||Sam Acho|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Anthony Muñoz||Vincent Rey|
|Cleveland Browns||Jim Brown||Josh Cribbs|
|Dallas Cowboys||Drew Pearson||Bradie James|
|Denver Broncos||Floyd Little||Rod Smith|
|Detroit Lions||Lem Barney||Don Carey|
|Green Bay Packers||Jim Taylor||Jayrone Elliott|
|Houston Texans||Andre Johnson||Brian Cushing|
|Indianapolis Colts||Robert Mathis||Joe Reitz|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Tony Boselli||Josh Scobee|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Carlos Carson||Will Shields|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Shawne Merriman||Jeremiah Attaochu|
|Los Angeles Rams||Jack Youngblood||Steven Jackson|
|Miami Dolphins||Larry Little||Chris Chambers|
|Minnesota Vikings||John Randle||Madieu Williams|
|New England Patriots||Andre Tippett||Matthew Slater|
|New Orleans Saints||Morten Andersen||Lance Moore|
|New York Giants||Harry Carson||Jessie Armstead|
|New York Jets||Joe Klecko||Brandon Moore|
|Oakland Raiders||Willie Brown||Willie Brown|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Ron Jaworski||Jon Dorenbos|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Franco Harris||Arthur Moats|
|San Francisco 49ers||Tom Rathman||Justin Smith|
|Seattle Seahawks||Jacob Green||Cliff Avril|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Alstott||Ryan Nece|
|Tennessee Titans||Mike Rozier||Jurrell Casey|
|Washington Redskins||Clinton Portis||London Fletcher|