For diehard football junkies, as excruciatingly lengthy as the approach to the NFL Draft is each year, that's how quickly it speeds by. Three days come and go in the snap of a finger, and now we head toward training camp and the 2017 season.
We will discuss in great detail over the coming weeks and months the ramifications of the Houston Texans' moves this past weekend, most specifically the trade to move up and finally draft a future franchise quarterback in Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Whether the Texans won or lost that move will play out over not just 2017, but the next few seasons to come as Watson matures and either sinks or swims.
The remainder of the Texans draft, particularly Day 2, in which they came away with Vanderbilt playmaking linebacker Zach Cunningham and Texas running back (and Texas City native) D'Onta Foreman, has the fan base pretty enthused, and when you add in Watson, this is as fired up after a draft as the fan base has been, perhaps since inception.
I said this Friday in this space and it bears repeating — the Texans may ultimately fail with this regime, this head coach, this general manager, because of a lack of a star quarterback, but it won't be for a lack of exhausting resources to find that quarterback.
Now, as a nice post-draft palate cleaner, let's go back and relive a few draft-related moments from this past weekend that had social media buzzing...
1. Former Cowboy WR Drew Pearson cuts a WWE-style promo on the city of Philadelphia
It's always fun when the NFL brings in legends of its 32 teams to announce draft choices. For football fans like me, who grew up on football in the '70s and '80s, it makes for a fun trip down memory lane. It's made even more fun when a player like, say, Cowboys legend Drew Pearson gets goaded into cutting a full-on WWE heel promo on the entire city of Philadelphia.
2. Former Jet RB Tony Richardson misspells "J-E-T-S"
Of course, sometimes it doesn't work out as planned...
3. Colorado's Tedric Thompson is LITERALLY speechless when drafted
These are great — these videos where we get to eavesdrop on NFL teams placing phone calls to their draft choices to welcome them to the team. This one where Seahawks GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll welcome Colorado safety Tedric Thompson to the family is outstanding. The only thing that would have made it better would be if the Browns had drafted him, and he was crying similarly... that would have been much more snark-friendly for all those meme generators out there.
4. Jeff Van Gundy stumps for all the Houston teams
If Jeff Van Gundy is on a national NBA broadcast and anything remotely relevant has occurred with a Houston professional sports team, rest assured Jeff Van Gundy will provide analysis on said event, much to the chagrin of his coworkers, Mike Breen and Mark Jackson...
5. BOOGER-GATE — Roger Goodell possibly rubs snot on a girl with one leg
He railroaded Tom Brady. He hypocritically condemns gambling, which is responsible for roughly 50 percent of the interest in his sport. He also condemns marijuana use, even though the players in his game suffering from head trauma could absolutely benefit from using it. At this point, do we need any further proof that Roger Goodell is a redheaded incarnation of football Satan? Well, how about rubbing a booger on the back of a girl with one leg...
Here's hoping that somehow Barstool Sports sneaks into his "state of the union" press conference at the Super Bowl next year and asks about this as its leadoff question.
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