For the first time ever, NFL prospects attending the 2014 draft at Radio City Music Hall are allowed to choose their "walk-up" music when their name is called. You know, how when baseball players come to bat in the big leagues? Yes, the players will have their choice of music when they are picked Thursday, Friday or — for the Jets fans who stick around, mercifully — on Saturday.
Seeing as how we already have stretched the bounds of imagination to its limits in comparing some of this year's NFL draft prospects to musical acts, we figured why not ... let's come up with some apropos tunes for their selections. Even if, you know, they end up choosing something far different.
Commissioner Roger Goodell
"Vader's March," Star Wars soundtrack
Oh yes, he needs his own walk-out song. We like the sound of this.
LSU WR Odell Beckham, Jr.
"Come And Get Me," Jay Z
We think in order to land Beckham, a team is going to have to move up in the draft for this fast-rising receiver. Plus, it's just a great old-school Jay Z tune.
Indiana WR Cody Latimer
"I Can't Do It By Myself," Anita Bryant
Something tells us that Latimer's next quarterbacks will be better than the ones he had with the Hoosiers. (Plus, we think it would be great to thoroughly confuse the Radio City crowd with this old-timey tune.)
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles
"Happy," Pharrell Williams
If you were a first-round pick and were dating Bortles' girlfriend, Lindsey Duke (go on, do an internet search), wouldn't you be singing this toe-tapping, ubiquitous song, too?
USC WR Marqise Lee
"I Remember You," Skid Row
An ode to Matt Barkley and that 2012 season in the sun. Nostaliga for a more blissful time in Lee's life. (Works doubly well if Lee is drafted by the Eagles.)
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
After the past few months of Teddy bashing, I feel like he can relate to Mars' words: "I would go through all this pain / Take a bullet straight through my brain / Yes, I would die for ya baby / But you won't do the same."
Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
any song from Van Halen's Fair Warning album
There are many to choose from that fit both Lewan's fierce approach to life and his job as a blocker: "Mean Street," "Unchained," "Push Comes to Shove," "Sunday Afternoon In The Park" and "Sinner's Swing!"
Alabama S HaSean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix
"Who's Laughing Now?" Skinny Puppy
Self-explanatory pun silliness. I'm sure he's never heard a joke about his nickname before.
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
"Strip," Chris Brown
Well, Mack has been a master of dislodging the football in college, so it works for that, but we also candidly want to make Goodell squirm a bit with Brown's salty lyrics. (We'll let you research those on your own time.)
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
"Word Hard Play Hard," Wiz Khalifa
The bigger the bill, the harder you ball. You get the idea. Just to make the team that picks him feel that much more comfortable with their investment.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
"The One That Got Away," Katy Petty
Uhhh, yeah ...
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks
"Galvanize," Chemical Brothers
What Cooks has been saying his speed will do to an offense in the runup to the draft.
Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
"End Of The Line," Traveling Wilburys
Thought about "We Are Family," but (a) it's overplayed at weddings and parties and (b) Matthews doesn't strike me as a Sister Sledge guy.
Missouri DE Kony Ealy
"Easy Does It," Supertramp
I'm picturing not only a play on words with the song title, but also these lyrics — "easy does it, easy while you wait" — for a player who has been pegged as a first-rounder but (I suspect) could wait til Round 2 to hear his name called.
Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews
"No One Gets Left Behind," Five Finger Death Punch
Another guy who could get really tired of those stiff green room chairs with all the receivers in this draft.
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
"The Best One Yet (The Boy)," Black-Eyed Peas
Could see the confident Ebron singing this one himself as he greets Goodell.
Virginia OT Morgan Moses
"Long Arm Of The Law," Kenny Rogers
This is what you get when you have Moses' condor-like wingspan.
Texas A&M Mike Evans
"Talking Smack," Local H
At the combine, Evans said he liked to combat defensive backs by "talk(ing) a little noise to them, do anything I can to have an advantage on the field." The lyrics of this one? "Got an open invitation /
To shoot my mouth off / To get you pissed off." Yeah.
Alabama LB C.J. Mosley
"Cold Shoulder," Adele
In case he slides in the draft because of his much-discussed injured body part.
Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller
"I'll Cover You," Rent soundtrack
It's getting late.
Louisville S Calvin Pryor
"Mama Said Knock You Out," LL Cool J
Don't call it a comeback.
Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo
Every underdog should use this as their personal walk-out anthem.
Auburn OT Greg Robinson
"Bulldozer," Cold War Kids
Please don't get in his way on a run play. We beg of you.
Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
"Many Happy Returns," ABC
Good things happen when Gilbert gets his hands on the ball via interception or kickoff.
Ohio State CB Bradley Roby
"It Wasn't Me," Shaggy
In light of Mr. Roby's recent misreported incident with the fuzz.
Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," U2
Maybe this is what scouts would choose for the tantilizing but underachieving player.
Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier
"Come Fly With Me," Frank Sinatra
He'd pick it for the way he seemingly teleports around the field, but the New Yorkers might appreciate a little Frank in the middle of Round 1.
Florida State NT Timmy Jernigan
"Legalize It," Peter Tosh
Not saying another word.
TCU CB Jason Verrett
"A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You Shortly," Jefferson Airplane
Yes, this is in reference to Verrett's size.
Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio
"There's A Great BIg Beautiful Tomorrow," They Might Be Giants
He's likely tired of hearing how teams have soured on him. This should pep him up after his name is called.
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
"Dear Mama," 2Pac
Watkins' mother moved in with him following a 2012 possession arrest and helped mature him greatly. So to her, we give this rather tender tribute from 2Pac and the words: "You are appreciated." It can be said to all the mothers out there on Sunday, their special day.
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