The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the 2018 NFL Draft. Special guests will announce various picks and participate in Draft festivities over the three-day celebration in Dallas.

Salute to Service

The NFL will honor active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft Week.

On Thursday, a joint color guard from Joint Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth will join talent onstage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

On Friday, April 27, the NFL will continue to honor our nation's heroes with military appreciation moments during Rounds 2 and 3.

During Round 2 the NFL will partner with the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) to honor Army Capt. Ellery Ray Wallace, a Texas native who died in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Wallace's wife and four children will accompany Cowboys Legend Bob Lilly onstage to announce the Cowboys' Round 2 pick.

The NFL is also teaming with the USO, TAPS and Wounded Warrior Project®  to host active duty service members and veterans from all branches of the military as guests for all three days of the Draft.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude patient Austin, 17, will join Commissioner Roger Goodell onstage to announce the Denver Broncos' Round 1 pick. Austin, a Broncos' fan, joined NFL Network's "Up to the Minute" to break the news and analyze the team's Draft needs.

An aspiring NFL broadcaster, Austin was diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of two. He has been in remission since 2007. Now a junior in high school, Austin is an announcer for a sports radio show in his hometown, and an on-air personality and prep sports statistician for local ESPN radio in New Mexico.

NFL PLAY 60 is the "official champion of play" at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives.

Youth and High School Football


Football captains from six Arlington ISD schools will represent the Dallas Cowboys on stage alongside Commissioner Goodell during their Round 1 pick.

The high schools whose football players will be represented include:

  • Arlington High School
  • Bowie High School
  • Juan Seguin High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Martin High School
  • Sam Houston High School


Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be Play Football-themed and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football have been selected by NFL Clubs to announce Round 6 picks from various locations throughout the country.


Fuel Up to Play 60 Draft Student Ambassador, Trinity Williams, will be recognized on-stage during the Cowboys' Round 7 selection.

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Thirty-two NFL Legends, including 11 Hall of Fame members, will announce picks in Round 2.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. The award recognizes a player for excellence on and off the field, and represents the best of the NFL's commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Presenters for Rounds 2 and 3
Team Round 2 Round 3
Arizona Cardinals Aeneas Williams Deuce Lutui
Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick Ben Garland
Baltimore Ravens Todd Heap Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills Andre Reed Fred Jackson
Carolina Panthers Jordan Gross Jason Baker
Chicago Bears Mike Singletary Charles Tillman
Cincinnati Bengals T.J. Houshmandzadeh Michael Johnson
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Randall Telfer
Dallas Cowboys Bob Lilly Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos Steve Atwater Ed McCaffrey
Detroit Lions Nate Burleson Stephen Tulloch
Green Bay Packers Jerry Kramer Brad Jones
Houston Texans Kevin Walter Kris Brown
Indianapolis Colts Joseph Addai Gary Brackett
Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Brunell Brad Meester
Kansas City Chiefs Priest Holmes Willie Lanier
Los Angeles Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson Darrell Stuckey
Los Angeles Rams Henry Ellard Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins Dwight Stephenson Reshad Jones
Minnesota Vikings Keith Millard Robert Griffith
New England Patriots Deion Branch Ty Warren
New Orleans Saints Marques Colston Roman Harper
New York Giants Justin Tuck Chris Canty
New York Jets Laveranues Coles Quincy Enunwa
Oakland Raiders Willie Brown Bruce Irvin
Philadelphia Eagles David Akers Harold Carmichael
Pittsburgh Steelers Rod Woodson Max Starks
San Francisco 49ers Merton Hanks Nate Clements
Seattle Seahawks Mack Strong Mack Strong
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronde Barber To Be Confirmed
Tennessee Titans Vince Young Wesley Woodyard
Washington Redskins Gary Clark Darrel Young

Bold designates Hall of Famers
Teams selected players to be honored regardless of whether the team possesses a Round 2 or Round 3 pick.