The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. 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 Lieutenant 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, Illinois, 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®: Make-A-Wish recipient T.J. 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, Maryland.

Youth and High School Football


Football players from MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGH SCHOOL will take the stage alongside NFL Commissioner Roger 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.

ROUND 3: 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.

ROUND 6: 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.

ROUND 7: 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 Anderson, 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.

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 (Brown will also do round 3)
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

In other NFL-draft related news…

From military bases to state landmarks and attractions to even outer space, NFL teams will announce their Day 3 selections for Rounds 4 to 6 of the NFL Draft from special locations of their choosing and recognize individuals who have made a significant impact.

Beginning on Saturday, April 29 at Noon Eastern, Day 3 pick announcements will feature current NFL players and legends, military personnel, actors, singers and other special guests. New this year, Round 6 will be youth football-themed, and youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their individual markets during pick selections.

Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

•Arizona Cardinals – Ten season ticket members will join cheerleaders and Big Red, the team’s mascot, to announce picks from the GRAND CANYON.

•Chicago Bears – Bears running back Jordan Howard and military personnel will make selections from the team’s headquarters at HALAS HALL.

•Cleveland Browns – Former Browns player Josh Cribbs and season ticket members, along with alumni, will announce picks from CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.

•Denver Broncos – Military members and NFL legends will make selections from PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.

•Houston Texans – Astronauts at the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND SPACE CENTER will announce picks for the first time from outer space.

•Indianapolis Colts – Colts defensive end Kendall Langford will make picks from the INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, along with staff personnel.

•Jacksonville Jaguars – Picks will be announced from LONDON and JACKSONVILLE.

•Kansas City Chiefs – Service members will make picks from the WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE.

•New York Jets – Children of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo will announce Day 3 selections from EMT HOUSE 26.

•Philadelphia Eagles –  Actor Morris Chestnut and CNBC’s Jim Cramer will make picks from the NFL DRAFT THEATER.

•Pittsburgh Steelers – Actor Milo Ventimiglia, Actress Mandy Moore, current players, and members of a local youth football team will announce selections from HEINZ FIELD.

•San Francisco 49ers – Country music singer Jon Pardi will make picks from LEVI’S STADIUM.

•Tampa Bay Buccaneers – General Joseoh Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command, will announce selections from the team’s headquarters at ONE BUCANNEERS PLACE.

•Washington Redskins – Actor Michael Ealy will make picks with fans from FEDEX FIELD.

Special team announcements for Day 3 will be broadcast in Philadelphia throughout the NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, the league’s largest free football festival taking place along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Fans may also view Day 3 pick announcements on NFL Draft live platforms – such as, the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (, NFL Now, the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and Yahoo! Sports – as well as on ESPN. NFL Network will also feature select picks live on NFL Network Draft programming.

Fans can watch NFL Network digitally through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (, with participating television providers. Select teams will also live stream local pick announcements on their websites and social media. Get full audio coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft live with Westwood One, TuneIn and SiriusXM NFL Radio.