NFL Draft

NFL Draft Day 3: Northwestern’s Danny Vitale to the Bucs

By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow

With the 197th pick of the NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Northwestern’s Danny Vitale. The All-Big Ten second team fullback helped the Wildcats reach the Outback Bowl. He was ranked as one of the top three fullback prospects in the draft.

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Draft Town day 3: Mother nature isn’t a football fan

By Nicole Sedivy

Rain or shine, the draft must go on.

Day three of the NFL Draft took place outdoors at Selection Square in Draft Town. But the weather didn’t cooperate. The National Weather Service reported an afternoon temperature of 47 degrees and rain. That didn’t stop every fan from attending. Some die hard football fanatics braved the weather to see their team pick the next future stars.

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Reality check: Fans get closer than ever to athletes with virtual technology

By Erin Barney

Sean Smith watched Paxton Lynch’s perfect spiral fly over his head and hit a receiver in stride. There was grass under his feet and Lynch’s trainers to his left and right. When he looked up, he swore he could feel the Memphis sun.

But then the STRIVR goggles came off, and it was back to reality. A much colder, rainier Chicago reality.

Smith, 44, was one of thousands of fans in the NFL’s Draft Town Saturday to enter a virtual world. A Palo Alto, California-based virtual reality company, STRIVR, lets fans get an up-close and personal encounter with the players. The goggles offered a 360-degree view of Jaylon Smith’s workout or a look at the defensive line from Shaq Lawson’s vantage point. Continue reading

NFL Draft Round 4: First Northwestern player off the board

By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow

The first Northwestern player of the 2016 NFL Draft has been selected. With pick No. 137, the Green Bay Packers picked up Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry. Lowry was a standout for Pat Fitzgerald and his Wildcats in Evanston for the past four years.

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Bay Watch: Northwestern’s Vitale heads to Bucs, Lowry to Packers

By Tolly Taylor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t just draft Danny Vitale in the sixth round Saturday.

They drafted Danny Vitale, Superback.

“It sounds like they want to play me as their fullback and as a second tight end as well,” said Vitale, a hybrid “superback” at Northwestern. “That’s what I did in college, so I think they’ll utilize my skill set the way that’ll be a big advantage to them.” Continue reading

NFL Draft Round 4: Bears pick 3

By Adam Rossow and Chris Hayre

The Chicago Bears took advantage of their three picks in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. The team selected three defensive players, giving them the opportunity to rebuild their defense this year.

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NFL Draft Day 3: Picks move out to Selection Square

By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow

The third and final day of the NFL Draft has begun. The picks are being announced today, despite the rain and cold in Chicago, from Selection Square, an outdoor venue located in Draft Town. Adam Rossow and Chris Hayre will talk about the big storylines to follow today, including several Northwestern players slated to be drafted and seven picks to be made by the Chicago Bears.

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NFL Draft Day 2: Bears put it all on the line

A Medill Sports Production

On day two of the NFL Draft in Chicago, the Medill NFL Draft team was out in the field reporting on all the action of the day. Hall of Famers took to the red carpet, NFL Draft Town was abuzz with fanatic fans and top prospects got picked up in Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft. The Medill team breaks it all down.

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NFL greats reunite in style on the red carpet

By Caley Chelios and Nicole Sedivy

The red carpet at the NFL Draft turned into a Walk of Fame on Friday night. Hall of Famers and NFL legends strolled down the red carpet on their way into Auditorium Theatre to announce the picks of the third round of the draft. Many of these former players took the opportunity to reminisce about their own draft.

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Superman, Denzel Washington and Michael Jackson rule the NFL Draft red carpet

By Tolly Taylor and Hannah Gebresilassie

Current players were joined by Hall of Famers, turning out in the unseasonably cold weather for diehard fans at the 2016 NFL Draft red carpet. Stars such as Ronde Barber, Brandon Carr and Ryan Kerrigan talked to Medill Reports about their favorite superheroes, musicians and actors.

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