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
Know your draft picks: Jalen Camp
The Jaguars' final selection in the draft is the kind of player you look for in the sixth round. One with impressive physical traits who wasn't utilized to his full potential in college. The Jaguars are hoping they found a diamond in the rough in Georgia Tech wide receiver Jalen Camp.
Know your draft picks: Jaguars OT Walker Little
When Walker Little steps onto the field for his first regular-season NFL game, it will have been more than two years since he last played. Did the Jaguars land a steal in the second round, or was it a reach for a player coming off an injury and a season opting out because of the pandemic?
What makes Trevor Lawrence such a good player?
The consensus around the NFL is that Trevor Lawrence is not only the top prospect in this year’s draft but that he would have been the top prospect in every draft for the better part of the last decade. What is it about Trevor Lawrence that scouts and coaches like so much?
Could former Bolles QB Mac Jones be highest drafted player in Jacksonville history?
From his days starring at Bolles where he led the Bulldogs to the state finals, to the top of the college football world at Alabama, where the Mac Jones has had quite the football career already. Thursday, he could become the highest-drafted player from Jacksonville.
After Trevor, then who?: Post-free agency, 3-round mock draft for Jaguars
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the top pick in this year's NFL Draft. QB, Trevor Lawrence, ClemsonLawrence is the future for the Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence pro day takeaways: https://t.co/kb8T0zu37H (via @BuckyBrooks + @MoveTheSticks) pic.twitter.com/XGFXp8vOax — NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 12, 2021The draft for the Jaguars really begins at the 25th pick of the first round. TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn StatePat Freiermuth is a bully💪pic.twitter.com/KNaxWERSHf — PFF Draft (@PFF_College) June 22, 2020The biggest hole on the Jaguars roster is at tight end. Shelvin has been a good run-stuffer in College and will fit right in with the Jaguar’s newly rebuilt defensive line room.
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
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
For the Jaguars, and other teams, the NFL Draft will look very different this year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NFL Draft is less than a week away and teams are preparing for a draft that will be unlike any other. This will be quite a different version of the draft than we’ve grown accustomed to everything will be conducted virtually. NFL Commissioner Rodger Godell will announce picks from his home while teams will also be separated meeting via virtual conferences. The draft experience will be different but in time when there are no sports hopefully, this will give many sports fans something to look forward to. The draft, which begins on April 23, will be a big one for the Jacksonville Jaguars they have 12 selections in the draft plus some big looming trade questions.