The 2015 NFL Draft has arrived. The average football fan tunes in tonight to find out where the college game's brightest stars will play next. I have more of a niche curiosity, specifically: What songs have the first-rounders selected to accompany them for their obligatory Rog bear hug?
Leaning hard on my connections beneath the Shield, I've procured each song selection for 26 prospects sitting in the green room at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. Just like last year, the playlist is hip-hop heavy. In fact, there isn't a single rock act to be found, unless you count the Zac Brown Band. Do you? C'mon.
I'm a 35-year-old dad to a toddler, which means my connection with popular music is on life support. I am almost completely disconnected from the rap game, so I've decided to call in NFL Network assignment editor and resident young person Alexandra Fragola for some help.
When I asked Fragz about her hip hop bonafides -- this was a coveted assignment in the newsroom -- Fragz replied, "I met Young Jeezy twice." This was good enough for me.
Let's go on with the list. Fragz' take is in italics below. Here's a Spotify playlist with many, but not all, of the songs. Blame Taylor Swift.
"Play It Again" -- Luke Bryan
Vic keeps it country.
"Best Thing Yet" -- Lil Wayne
This is from before Wayne experimented with electric guitar. So basically when he was actually good at rapping. So basically a really long time ago.
"Right Now" -- J Hugh feat. Flo Master
"Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" -- Rich Homie Quan
Hands down winner. Song of the summer. You heard it first here.
Dante Fowler, Jr.
"Finally Rich" -- Chief Keef
Dante -- pleaaase, do not take any career advice from Chief Keef.
"Everythang" -- Young Jeezy
Randy Gregory & Todd Gurley
"Check" -- Young Thug
The obvious Young Thug song is "Lifestyle," but that's played out. I appreciate using a fresh cut, though.
"Lick" -- Dat Boi P
"March Madness" -- Future
"Classic Man" -- Jidenna
"Like A Man" -- Lil Boosie
Boosie's first appearance at draft night since getting out of jail. Congrats. #freeboosie
"Blessings" -- Big Sean
*I hope his career works out better than Big Sean's love life. *
"Sorry Not Sorry" -- Bryson Tiller
This is the song you play when your entourage asks you for money.
"Walk Thru" -- Rich Homie Quan
RHQ makes his second appearance. Rich Gang > everything
Dan here for a second. Let me just make it clear that I have no idea what Alex is talking about. Like, at all. She could be screwing with me and making up all this insight and I would have no idea.
"Be Great" -- Ice Billion Berg
No pick for Shane. Here's a video of babies playing with dogs.
"Homegrown" -- Zac Brown Band
"Come Back To Me" -- Drew Deezy
"330" -- Stalley
Ohio State guy picks Ohio rapper. Super weird.
"Tears Of Joy" -- Rick Ross
"Monster" -- Meek Mill
This is probably just a ploy to meet Meek Mill and get in good with his new fiancé (Nicki Minaj). I totally see through it.
"Thank You Mama" -- Sizzla
Obligatory Mom shoutout. Can't go wrong there.
"(Mess) Up Some Commas" -- Future
Great song, but if I'm a GM -- HUGE red flag here. This song is literally about spending ridiculous amounts of money for no reason.
"We Ball" -- Dom Kennedy
Surprised Leonard didn't go Kendrick here (Cali love), but Dom deserves some shine too.
"Ball Drop" -- Fabolous
Dan here. Kind of funny that a wide receiver prospect would choose a song with this title. I'll see myself out.