Florida quarterback Tim Tebow hasn't informed the NFL if he will attend this week's draft in New York, but he's leaning toward being there, a source close to the situation told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi on Monday, because he believes he could be a first-round pick.
No one has directly told Tebow that he might be a first-rounder, Lombardi reported, but the sense from the quarterback's camp is that it appears to be a strong possibility.
Tebow's status has become the top pre-draft story. He was scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos on Monday, and he already has met with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.
Right now, 17 players are confirmed to attend the draft, which runs from Thursday through Saturday. Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski was the latest addition to what most likely will be the final list of attendees, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
The draft attendee list also includes (in alphabetical order):
Tennessee safety Eric Berry
California running back Jahvid Best
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford
Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga
Wake Forest cornerback Brandon Ghee
Florida cornerback Joe Haden
Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston
Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy
Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan
Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick
Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller
Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas
Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams
Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams