By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops will be one of 10 college head football coaches that will attend the NFL draft that starts Thursday in Nashville.
Others expected to attend are Nick Saban of Alabama, David Cutcliffe of Duke, Dabo Swinney of Clemson, Matt Luke of Mississippi, Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Joe Moorhead of Mississippi State, Ed Orgeron of LSU and Willie Taggard of Florida State.
Obviously, Stoops will attend because UK junior linebacker Josh Allen is expected to be no worse than a top five pick — the highest pick for a UK player since Tim Couch was the No. 1 overall pick in 1999. Allen was the consensus national defensive player of the year and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Stoops could have anywhere from six to nine more players picked in the draft, too.
The NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. EST April 25. The second and third rounds will be April 26 starting at 7 p.m. EST. The fourth through seventh rounds be April 27 starting at noon.
The NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the draft and Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio and ESPN Radio will also carry the draft.