By Clara Facchetti
A robe. A cellphone. A dog. Parents, kids and a large Arizona home. These are just a few of the funniest things that took place during the NFL’s record-breaking all-remote draft last week.
Live from his basement in Bronxville, New York, Commissioner Roger Goodell launched the NFL’s first ever all-remote draft, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday night. The 2020 draft became the most-watched in the NFL’s history, with over 55 million viewers in total, including 15 million for the first round, a 37% increase over last year, ESPN reported.
“To see the reactions I got from people I didn’t know, people I did know, family — it definitely struck a chord with people,” Goodell told the Washington Post in a phone interview.
The unusual setting gave NFL fans a view into their favorite coaches’ and prospects’ homes, which inevitably led to some very entertaining moments. Here are some of the funniest moments from the 2020 NFL draft:
1. Henry Ruggs III’s outfit choice
Selected by the Las Vegas Raiders for their very first NFL draft, Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III chose to wear a robe to the event. His outfit delighted fans on Twitter, who commented on the wide receiver’s choice of casual wear.
Ruggs’ robe wasn’t only a fashion statement, but a way to promote donations from the company Old Spice, Darren Rovell reported.
It’s not to be comfortable. Raiders pick Henry Ruggs III got paid to wear that bathrobe. He’s wearing an Old Spice robe to call attention to the company's $320,000 donation to United Way on behalf of rookies from all 32 NFL teams to kickstart their community efforts. pic.twitter.com/qNAe5AAlim
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 24, 2020
2. Kliff Kingsbury’s home
Kingsbury’s spacious home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, became of one the most talked-about topics of Thursday evening. The Cardinals coach showed off his large living room and beautiful garden, leading Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to tweet: “I’m trying to have a crib like Kliff!”
War Room 2.0 pic.twitter.com/aCh3GYPVCG
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 24, 2020
3. CeeDee Lamb’s cellphone
With the 17th overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys drafted wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Lamb zoomed in from his home for the occasion, sitting with his family and girlfriend. As the pick was announced, he was shown trying to snatch his phone back from his girlfriend’s hands, a scene that quickly went viral.
4. The kids!
ESPN’s impressive remote set up brought viewers into coaches’ and players’ homes, introducing them to their families. Online, fans enjoyed seeing the kids’ excitement. Titans coach Mike Vrabel’s teenagers broke quarantine boredom by wearing funny outfits, while Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ kids stole the show with their cheerful attitudes.
Mullet kid + weird costume kid + Mike with the dip in.
This should be Vrabel family Christmas card. pic.twitter.com/PNH09oaJJJ
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) April 24, 2020
Brian Flores’ kids are a mood. #Dolphins fans after tonight: pic.twitter.com/8W46LVGeQY
— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) April 24, 2020
5. The parents!
If coaches’ kids brought some much-needed cuteness to the draft, players’ parents provided straight entertainment. From Javon Kinlaw’s dad ecstatic reaction as he watched his son get drafted by the 49ers, to Isaiah Wilson’s mom enforcing social distancing by removing her son’s girlfriend from the couch, parents made viewers laugh all over the U.S.
I have moved Isaiah Wilson’s mom to the best pick of the draft tonight. Get on up out of here pic.twitter.com/JkrX3f8QKN
— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) April 24, 2020
6. Roger Goodell’s wardrobe
Hosting a national event from your basement is no easy task, and Roger Goodell successfully delivered name after name during the three-day long NFL draft. Yet, the commissioner’s performance was quickly outshined by his wardrobe changes. Goodell opened with a suit, moved on to a sweater and wrapped the draft in a t-shirt.
It’s Saturday. T-shirt time for Roger Goodell. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/WR7fo7WcUm
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) April 25, 2020
7. Bill Belichick’s dog
Nike Belichick, the Patriots coach’s dog, became an internet sensation on Thursday evening. When the cameras turned to Belichick’s home as the Patriots announced their first pick, fans were excited to see Nike, a member of the Petriots. His Instagram account now holds over 15,000 fans.
Draft guru Nike Belichick: pic.twitter.com/jO2CjozQF2
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 24, 2020