Virtual draft won’t include tailored suits

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Among the many differences for the draft this year will be the clothing.

Multiple prospects said this week on #PFTPM that, for the stay-at-home draft, they won’t be wearing suits. takes it a step farther, explaining that the NFL isn’t asking the players to wear their Sunday best on Thursday or Friday night.

It’s up to the individual players,” an NFL spokesperson told The story also includes quotes from unnamed tailors (anonymity is a bit odd in this context) regarding the fact that their services weren’t needed by high-end NFL draft picks this year, and regarding the reality that there would have been no way to personally tailor the suits, anyway.

That doesn’t mean that there will be no dress code of any kind, however. A recent memo informed players that there can be no logos or brands other than NFL teams or league partners (Nike, Adidas, UnderArmour, New Era). Also, clothing worn by prospects is “expected to be clean, free of liberal or hate speech, and cannot make a political statement,” with no “[r]eferences to alcohol, drugs or gambling (including poker).”

So the official dress code is casual, with an asterisk. A different kind of business casual; the kind that is intended at protecting the NFL’s business interests.

12 responses to “Virtual draft won’t include tailored suits

  1. Thanks God. In recent years, some of these kids have looked absolutley ridiculous in their designer suits from Zumiez. Millenials have about as much fashion sense as Dwight Schrute.

  2. Just ask them to wear casual (non athletic logo bearing) items representing the school they attended and solve the problem.

  3. My sources tell me that Cam Newton volunteered to put on a fashion show during the lulls between draft choices. I’ve been told he has so many closets full of designer suits that he can change and then model for the TV audience between every pick for five (!) full rounds of the draft.

  4. All this sort of nonsense is just one of the many reasons why the Draft is best watched on radio anyway. If you hadn’t mentioned it was virtual this year I wouldn’t have even known.

  5. I am always getting snacks or going to bathroom. When the Zoot suits hit the stage.

  6. Kyle Cruel says:
    April 18, 2020 at 11:11 am
    Just ask them to wear casual (non athletic logo bearing) items representing the school they attended and solve the problem.
    This is the greatest idea I’ve heard yet! As long as there’s no (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Era) type logos showing.

  7. It’s virtual. Have them wear white football pants and a lime green tee shirt. Then the techs in the truck can put on the jersey of whatever team drafts them. Even switch them out if they get traded. Like the logos on the field.

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