The third and final day of this NFL draft was memorable for the scene, the music and the passion of the thousands of folks drawn to downtown Nashville.
Saturday’s last four rounds began and ended with Arizona. The Cardinals picked Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler to open the fourth round and ended with UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson earning the title of Mr. Irrelevant as the 254th and final selection.
Wilson’s pick was announced by Titans kicker Ryan Succop, who was the last pick in 2009 and, with a decade in the pros, has been the most successful Mr. Irrelevant.
Approximately 500,000 people attended the three days of the draft, packing Broadway to hear the picks, listen to the tunes in the honky tonks — and by Tim McGraw in a rousing concert Friday night — and make this “selection meeting” unlike anything the NFL has seen. Later Saturday, following the final pick, Dierks Bentley took the stage.
Nashville’s performance likely puts it firmly in the NFL’s mind for a repeat; Las Vegas is on tap next year for the draft.
Rosen congratulates Murrray: Quarterback Josh Rosen bid a gracious goodbye to Phoenix that included a pitch to his Arizona Cardinals successor, Kyler Murray.
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“An awesome two-bedroom in Old Town just came onto the market,” Rosen told Murray in a video posted Saturday on Twitter . “Let me know if you’re interested, and I think I can get you a pretty good deal.”
Rosen is moving on to Miami and said he’s excited about the chance for a fresh start after a rocky rookie season with the Cardinals. They traded him Friday to the Dolphins for two draft picks.
In the one-minute video, Rosen congratulated Murray on being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, thanked his Arizona teammates and fans for their support, and wished the Cardinals well.
“I know we didn’t win as many games as we all would have hoped, but I had an unbelievable time here,” Rosen said. “You guys are really getting a hell of player in Kyler Murray. He’s going to do great things.”
Chiefs’ owner reacts: Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was “deeply disturbed” by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing abusing his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation.
The most visible face of the Chiefs’ ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters while the team was holding its annual draft party. He declined to discuss the team’s plans for Hill, who has been suspended, but acknowledged that the receiver’s legal problems are embarrassing for the team.
“It is obviously a tough situation for the organization,” Hunt said.
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