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Bragging rights on the line between Briles, Pinkel, and Dan Hawkins

Art Briles, Gary Pinkel, and Dan Hawkins are the three of four coaches that have a chance to produce multiple first-round draft picks on Thursday night.

In fact, two players from Baylor have accepted invitations from the NFL to New York. OL Danny Watkins and DT Phil Taylor will be in on hand, as will head coach Art Briles.

Briles told the Star-Telegram, "We'll be one of the only schools with two guys in the green room. It's great publicity for Baylor... We're getting good people in the program and we're getting the payoff for it."

Missouri players Blaine Gabbert and defensive end Aldon Smith are potential first-round picks, while Colorado corner Jimmy Smith and offensive tackle Nate Solder could hear their names called on Thursday night.

Alabama players Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, and James Carpenter could also go in the first round. Coach Saban asked us not to put his name in the same article title as Briles and Dan Hawkins. ** 

One year ago, Oklahoma had three players drafted in the first four picks and four players overall selected in the first-round. Florida, Alabama, and Cal had two players drafted in the first round.

Interestingly, Bill Parcells said last night during the ESPN Draft Confidential Speical that 27 college programs produce 52% of NFL draft choices in recent years.

** Yes, we are kidding.