Prospects take in Radio City Music Hall

The NFL Draft prospects got a different view of New York City from the Radio City Music Hall marquee. (Ben Liebenberg /

NEW YORK — The final phase of draft eve for the 2010 NFL Draft prospects concluded early Wednesday evening when the group of 17 players got their tour of Radio City Music Hall, which is still in pre-draft mode.

Despite the still-in-construction status of the venue, the group made it’s way up the main staircase in the lobby, taking photos and flipcam video along the way. Then it was the annual photo opp on the marquee outside, with more than a handful of Manhattan mid-towners pointing up from below as the prospects took in the scene. With a draft-record total of 17 players headed onto the marquee, half of which are linemen, plus a handful of others, I couldn’t help but wonder the weight capacity of said marquee.

The guys then got their first look inside the Hall itself. Joe Haden joked that he might sit among the fans in the seats, and race down the aisle like Price Is Right when his name is called. That would make for an interesting first round. Cool concept. Thoughts, Commish?

It really is¬†interesting to gauge the players’ eagerness and curiosity on where they’ll end up. Some have a good idea, but otherwise don’t know. Russell Okung and C.J. Spiller spent a few minutes trying to pry out of draft guru Gil Brandt his thoughts on the matter. But Brandt said this year’s draft is too close to call.

— Frank Tadych

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