UCLA edge-rusher Takkarist McKinley went one step further after being picked by Atlanta at No. 26. Wanting to honor the late grandmother who helped raise him, McKinley took the stage sporting a framed photo of Myrtle Collins.
Following his interaction with Goodell, McKinley turned his back to the crowd and began screaming about how he fulfilled a promise to Collins by making it out of a tough Oakland neighborhood onto college and now the NFL.
McKinley remained amped as Deion Sanders approached, telling the NFL Network analyst, “That means every f—ing thing to me! Excuse my language. Fine me later, man! Fine me later!”
If anything, Goodell himself should pay the fine if the FCC comes a calling. It’s money well spent for the exclamation point McKinley provided to a draft that hopefully Cheap NFL Jerseys China serves as a harbinger to an equally entertaining 2017 season.
Speaking of unpredictable, competitive divisions, only Carolina has won consecutive NFC South titles (2013-16) since 2002, when the division was created. The 2017 edition is expected to be same song, different verse, with all four teams’ win totals separated by just 1.5 games. New Orleans’ win projection of eight is the highest total for the “worst” team in any division.
It clearly was devalued in this draft. The Bears gave up a lot to move up one spot to get North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2. The Chiefs gave up a lot to move up 17 spots to get Patrick Mahomes II at No. 10. The Texans gave up their first-round pick in 2018 to the Browns to move up 13 spots and land Watson. The move came after the Texans traded Brock Osweiler’s monster salary to Cleveland on March 9.