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NFL bringing back former players to announce picks

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As the NFL Draft transitions from likely contributors in the first round to more hit-and-miss selections in the second, the league is bringing in some known commodities.

For the fourth year, the NFL is bringing in former players from each team to announce second-round picks.

Five members of this year’s Hall of Fame class, and 11 Hall-of-Famers total, will take the stage to announce picks during the NFL Draft.

Former Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams, Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey, Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, Seahawks tackle Walter Jones and Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks will be among the group, after earning their ticket to Canton earlier this year.

Other Hall of Famers to announce selections include Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, Packers wide receiver James Lofton, Chiefs defensive tackle Curley Culp, Dolphins guard Larry Little, Giants linebacker Harry Carson and Raiders cornerback Willie Brown.

While not every team has a Hall-of-Famer in the group, there were surely be some crowd reactions to the players involved, such as former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington.

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15 Responses to “NFL bringing back former players to announce picks”
  1. yesser12 says: May 1, 2014 1:04 PM

    Who’s our favorite player?! Mr. Derrick Brooks!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: May 1, 2014 1:05 PM

    I’m waiting for one of these guys to go rogue, and pick their cousin Ernie, who was a backup in DIII, in the second round.

  3. hawkforlife says: May 1, 2014 1:09 PM

    The NFL just doesn’t get it. We fans who used to set aside a Saturday (and in turn watched all the money making ads) to watch the draft now get 3 or 4 nights of boring presentations, announcements, speeches and NO excitement.

    By the time they actually get to the second night I’m not watching anymore. Who comes up with this stuff?

  4. scoops1 says: May 1, 2014 1:13 PM

    Ol Noodle Arm is going to announce the Jets pick???

  5. ariani1985 says: May 1, 2014 1:13 PM

    Will sharper be picking the packs D3 Tomack state 5- 8 LB?

  6. grabgrabgrab says: May 1, 2014 1:17 PM

    Stupid dog and pony show. For what! Half of these guys will be out the league in 2 years.

  7. raiderufan says: May 1, 2014 1:17 PM

    Good ole Willie Brown…gotta love it

  8. watercoolerguy says: May 1, 2014 1:26 PM

    Bring in former draft busts to announce the picks. Then you’d have at least some intrigue to watching anything beyond the first round.

    “And now, please welcome Ryan Leaf to announce the Chargers second round selection.”

    That’s television gold.

  9. jdphx says: May 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    Some teams are having contests too, for a fan to announce a pick. My Raiders are offering a contest for the winner to announce their 4th rd pick.

    Just hope the contest winner doesn’t turn out better than the actual draft choice!

  10. bengalboy99 says: May 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    C’mon Ickey, shuffle us a sleeper RB to add some depth to the backfield & prepare for life after BJGE

  11. txraiders says: May 1, 2014 2:05 PM

    Hmm… Oakland doesn’t have a 4th rounder currently.. .

  12. deltaoracle says: May 1, 2014 3:58 PM

    Gary Anderson for Minnesota for the win!

  13. fdugrad says: May 1, 2014 7:27 PM

    It’s been quite a few years, however I can STILL vividly picture Willie Brown FLYING down the sideline with his pick-six in that SB so long ago.

  14. grabgrabgrab says: May 1, 2014 7:40 PM

    Maybe get Hernandez on a one day work release to announce the final Patriot pick. Ahhh, the Patriot way. Nevermind.

  15. greeneblitz says: May 1, 2014 10:25 PM

    Make the draft 1 day, a Saturday and in mid April, you’re gonna kill the fun of the draft with too much more of this stuff.

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