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  • NFL DRAFT

    No star power, but draft can still have its moments

  • NEW YORK — There's no Andrew Luck, no Robert Griffin III, no headline-grabbing talent who unquestionably belongs at the top of this year's NFL draft.
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  • NEW YORK — There's no Andrew Luck, no Robert Griffin III, no headline-grabbing talent who unquestionably belongs at the top of this year's NFL draft.
    This year, the most likely scenario at Radio City Music Hall involves the Kansas City Chiefs using their No. 1 overall pick on one of two offensive tackles, the guys who are having a good game if their name isn't mentioned.
    Could this be the least sexy draft on record?
    "I think that's the best way to put it," Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher said Wednesday with a laugh. He and Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel are the most likely candidates to be chosen first. "This will probably be the most exposure we get in our lives, so we're looking forward to it."
    Fisher, Joeckel and 22 other top prospects will be in New York at least through tonight's first round. It's conceivable — though somewhat unlikely — that the first round could pass without a quarterback being selected, something that hasn't happened since 1996, when the first quarterback chosen was Tony Banks by the St. Louis Rams in the second round.
    Las Vegas oddsmakers are predicting a 12 percent chance that no quarterbacks will be selected in the first round and a 38 percent chance that only one will go in the opening round, according to R.J. Bell of Pregame.com. In each of the last two years, four quarterbacks were among the first 32 picks.
    Only twice since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 have tackles gone first overall — Orlando Pace to St. Louis in 1997, and Jake Long to Miami in 2008 — and never have the first two teams used consecutive picks on tackles. Jacksonville might use this year's No. 2 pick on a tackle too.
    This draft figures to be weird in that the "regular" guys — albeit most north of 300 pounds — are the stars. But there have been strange and memorable moments throughout the history of the draft.
    Here are five:
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