The 2022 NFL Draft’s Biggest Winners and Losers
The NFL Draft is as scrutinized as any sporting event there is. Already, millions of fans and experts have decided which teams walked away the winners. Will confesses that his Arizona Cardinals did poorly, in part by trading their first round pick for Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. "The Cardinals look like a team that is scrambling right now,” Will says. LZ’s “other team” — the Detroit Lions — did okay. One of their picks, University of Michigan star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, “looks to be a beast,” LZ says. The New York Jets had a better draft still, landing Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner with the 4th overall pick. Many consider him the best cornerback in the draft. Beyond team-by-team performance, the draft also set a few interesting records and trends. Ten teams didn’t even make first round selections, which is a first. Only one quarterback was taken in the first round — Kenny Pickett to the Pittsburgh Steelers — and not until the 20th pick. That’s the latest a QB has been drafted since 1997.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville ordered to turn off bridge’s Pride Month rainbow lights. A day later, they’re lighted again.
The decision on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., which came after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a much-debated transgender girls sports ban on the first day of Pride Month, appears to have been reversed Wednesday amid mounting blowback.washingtonpost.com
UDFA Jeremiah Haydel goes pro, signs with Los Angeles Rams
After going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft last weekend, former Texas State wide receiver Jeremiah Haydel signed with the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent on Saturday, May 1.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Sports San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
With no scouting combine, Pro Days at colleges are more vital than ever for the NFL Draft
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the top pick in this year's NFL Draft. Photo by Mike ComerThe path to the NFL Draft will look a lot different this year. With that in mind, the Pro Days at various universities will be even more vital than usual for draft preparation. Pro Days are when college programs invite NFL scouts, coaches and general managers to their campuses, and where draft prospects on that team conduct workouts and drills to showcase their skills. MiamiDate: March 29Notable prospects: TE Brevin Jordan, DE Jaelan Phillips, DE Quincy Roche, DE Gregory Rousseau.
2020 NFL Draft proves it can work from home and score record ratings
In this still image from video provided by the NFL, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from his home in Bronxville, New York during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020. More than 55 million viewers tuned in to watch an NFL draft unlike any other in the past. The answer is, pretty well, with a 16% increase in ratings over 2019 across all days of the 2020 NFL Draft and each day establishing new highs in average audience. The 2020 NFL Draft included 600 camera feeds in the homes of everyone from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to more than 85 draft prospects, 32 NFL head coaches, 32 NFL general managers, fans and college football coaches, among others. In an image from video provided by the NFL, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow puts on a Cincinnati Bengals cap after being selected first overall during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020.cnbc.com
Judson grad Alton Robinson drafted by Seahawks
Syracuse edge rusher Alton Robinson got the call from the Seattle Seahawks early in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. In his last two seasons with the Orange, the 6-foot-3, 264 pound pass rusher developed into a consistent threat, recording 14.5 sacks and 85 tackles. During his junior year, Robinson posted a team-high 17 tackles for loss en route to earning second-team All-ACC honors. He followed that performance up with another solid campaign in 2019, notching 9.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups in 12 starts. Robinson will join fellow former Judson Rocket Tre Flowers on the Seahawks roster.
DraftKings CEO says there was record interest in NFL Draft as company debuts on Nasdaq
DraftKings CEO Jason Robins said the company saw record betting volume on the NFL Draft ahead of DraftKings' debut Friday on the Nasdaq. I think when you do see a return to play, it's going to be a really, really big deal for the country." The lack of traditional sports due to the coronavirus "certainly" has impacted revenues for the daily fantasy sports company and bookmaker, Robins said. DraftKings, which will trade under the ticker DKNG, became public through a three-way merger that involves a special purpose acquisition company, or blank-check company. He said that is one reason why going public through SPAC worked well for the company.cnbc.com
First all-virtual NFL draft sees average of 15.6 million viewers on opening night
(Photo by NFL via Getty Images)The first all-virtual National Football League draft attracted an all-time high 15.6 million viewers for the opening round Thursday night, the league announced. First round viewership total is up 37% from 2019 and eclipses the NFL's previous high of 12.4 million viewers in 2014. The NFL said the event peaked around 8:45 to 9 p.m., with 19.6 million viewers. Last year's NFL draft attracted 11.3 million viewers on opening night and 47.5 million viewers across all telecasts for the three-day event in Nashville, a 5% increase from the 2018 telecast. The network also aired the National Basketball Association's WNBA virtual draft last week.cnbc.com
Lowe's to advertise during NFL Draft, hinting a bolder marketing strategy is part of its turnaround plans
It had to do minimal shooting for the campaign and use a smaller film crew because of the pandemic, Thalberg said. Marisa Thalberg, executive vice president and chief brand and marketing officer. She was previously Taco Bell's global chief brand officer and worked for Estee Lauder, Unilever Cosmetics International and Revlon. Lowe's spokeswoman Amy Allison said she couldn't disclose Lowe's marketing budget for this year or say how it compares with its prior spending. Thalberg declined to share her vision for marketing the company beyond these ads, saying she is still settling into the role.cnbc.com
Mayor Ron Nirenberg Says San Antonio's Vying to Host the NFL Draft
While Saytown doesn't have an NFL franchise usually, but not always, a big hurdle to landing a draft the mayor says its track record hosting sporting events such as the Final Four strengthens its hand.We are a destination city," Nirenberg told KSAT. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Mugshot: Former Texans star Mario Williams arrested for trespassing at woman's apartment
1 overall NFL draft pick Mario Williams was arrested early Tuesday morning in Katy. According to the Harris County Sheriffs Office, a deputy responded to a call for a criminal trespass just after 1 a.m. at an apartment complex. Williams told the deputy that he got into the garage by making a copy of the womans garage door opener, using a universal garage door opener. Williams was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass and booked into the Harris County Jail without any further incident, Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland told KSAT-12. Williams played for the Texans for the six seasons from 2006 to 2011 and was named to the NFL Pro Bowl four times in his career.