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Conference USA and The NFL Draft

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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In just about 6 hours, the 2012 NFL draft will kickoff live from Radio City Music Hall. The first round will take place tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds will be tomorrow beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET, and rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday beginning at noon ET.

Unfortunately for us Miner fans, there aren't any Miners that are being projected as draft picks. Guys like Joe Banyard (RB), Bernard Obi (DE), Antwon Blake (CB), Vernon Frazier (RB), Travaun Nixon (CB/S), and Donovan Kemp (WR), among others, will all hope to hear their name called, but most will likely wind up looking to sign free agent contracts after the draft concludes.

Even though we likely won't see any Miners get drafted until at least Saturday, there are a few players from Conference USA to look out for. So, here's a list of the C-USA guys who may get drafted over the next few days:

PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION HEIGHT/WEIGHT POSITION RANK OVERALL RANK
Dontari Poe Memphis DT 6'3/346lbs 3 20
Vinny Curry Marshall DE 6'3/266lbs 8 46
Josh Robinson UCF CB 5'10/199lbs 7 61
Taylor Thompson SMU DE 6'6/282lbs 14 127
Josh Leribeus SMU OG 6'3/312lbs 12 167
Pat Edwards Houston WR 5'9/172lbs 30 203
Scott Solomon Rice DE 6'3/262lbs 24 225