Drake, a sports groupie who raps on the side, hung out with Johnny Manziel after last night’s draft. His songs hung around Radio City Music Hall all night long.
The NFL allowed draft picks to select their own walk-up music, and six players chose a number featuring Drake. Given that the Toronto rapper’s oeuvre boasts a song called “Draft Day,” he probably was a lock to defeat Lil Wayne and Kanye West in the popularity contest among draftees. I’d have preferred a duet by Yoko Ono and a sick dog.
Not every player who picked a song got picked by a team. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who exhibited a preference for “Good Life” by Kanye West, and University of Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, who opted for K Camp’s “Money Baby,” remain without NFL suitors entering the second round. It’s unclear whether their horrible taste in music scared off scouts and general managers.
Odell Beckham Jr.: “The Sky’s The Limit” – Lil Wayne
Blake Bortles: “Blow Up” – J. Cole
Teddy Bridgewater: “The World’s Greatest” – R. Kelly
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: “Never Would Have Made It” – Marvin Sapp
Jadeveon Clowney: “The Man” – Aloe Blacc
Brandin Cooks and Ryan Shazier: “Everythang” – Young Jeezy
Kony Ealy: “Money Baby” – K Camp
Eric Ebron: “They Don’t Love You No More” – DJ Khaled
Mike Evans: “Trophies” – Young Money feat. Drake
Kyler Fuller and Ra’Shede Hageman: “We Made It” – Drake feat. Soulja Boy
Jimmy Garoppolo: “Good Life” – Kanye West feat. T-Pain
Justin Gilbert: “We Dem Boyz” – Wiz Khalifa
Cyrus Kouandjio: “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
Cody Latimer: “Everyday” – Ace Hood
Marqise Lee: “Handsome & Wealthy” – Migos
Taylor Lewan: “Rock City” – Kings Of Leon
Khalil Mack and Greg Robinson: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
Johnny Manziel: “Draft Day” – Drake
Jake Matthews: “Going The Distance” – Bill Conti
Jordan Matthews: “Through The Wire” – Kanye West
Morgan Moses: “Sideline Story” – J. Cole
C.J. Mosley: “My Favorite Song” – Wiz Khalifa
Calvin Pryor: “Dreams & Nightmares” – Meek Mill
Bradley Roby: “Believe Me” – Drake feat. Lil Wayne
Jason Verrett: “Icy” – Gucci Mane
Sammy Watkins: “Look What You’ve Done” – Drake
While the players preferred Drake, ESPN put Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” on saturation play. World Wide Leader in Sports, get that song out of my head! It was horrible when Elton John sang it. The 21-year-old millionaires share bad taste in music along with a passion for the pigskin. Offensive lineman Jake Matthews, alone among the lot, selected music made before his birth. Bill Conti’s “Going the Distance” plays as one of the only non-rap pieces on the list and the only instrumental. It’s worth hearing again.