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With the lockout hanging over everything right now, the NFL is looking for things to spice up coverage of the NFL draft next week, and this may be a great solution — the league has announced that retired players will step to the podium at Radio City Music Hall on Friday to announce the second-round picks of their former teams. The New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, and Miami Dolphins will have the alumni announce their third-rounders, since those teams do not have second-rounders.

It's a pretty impressive list:

Arizona Cardinals: CB Aeneas Williams
Atlanta Falcons: LB Jessie Tuggle
Baltimore Ravens: LB Peter Boulware
Buffalo Bills: WR Andre Reed
Carolina Panthers: FB Brad Hoover(notes)
Chicago Bears: DE Richard Dent
Cincinnati Bengals: OT Anthony Munoz
Cleveland Browns: WR Paul Warfield
Dallas Cowboys: DE Charles Haley
Denver Broncos: TE Shannon Sharpe
Detroit Lions: RB Barry Sanders
Green Bay Packers: RB Jim Taylor
Houston Texans: CB Aaron Glenn(notes)
Indianapolis Colts: LB Jeff Herrod
Jacksonville Jaguars: SS Donovin Darius
Kansas City Chiefs: LB Willie Lanier
Miami Dolphins: CB Sam Madison(notes)
Minnesota Vikings: DE Chris Doleman
New England Patriots: LB Andre Tippett
New Orleans Saints: OT Willie Roaf
New York Giants: RB Joe Morris
New York Jets: DT Marty Lyons
Oakland Raiders: CB Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles: CB Troy Vincent
Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Franco Harris
St. Louis Rams: RB Marshall Faulk
San Diego Chargers: RB Natrone Means
San Francisco 49ers: WR Dwight Clark
Seattle Seahawks: DT Cortez Kennedy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: SS John Lynch
Tennessee Titans: DE Jevon Kearse(notes)
Washington Redskins: QB Doug Williams

Some interesting folks in there, including Bills CB Troy Vincent, who was once named as a pointman in a suit brought by the NFLPA, stating that Vincent and other players were conspiring to undermine the union's collective bargaining position. In any case, it should be a huge crowd-pleaser, and a welcome dose of color after Roger Goodell acting excited about announcing draft picks through the first round on Thursday night.

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