Football decision that can make or break

Football decision that can make or break

From April 26 to April 28 in the AT&T Stadium at Arlington, Texas, football teams chose potential new players at the 2018 NFL Draft.

At this year’s NFL Draft, there were 7 rounds for 32 teams to draft a total of 256 players.

The 32 clubs chose their men in the order in which each club did for their record, with the worst going first and the Super Bowl champions the very last. Additionally, those teams that didn’t qualify for playoffs take their turns before those that do qualify.

Not all males old enough to play in football are eligible to be drafted. According to the official website for NFL Operations, “players must have been out of high school for at least three years and must have used up their college eligibility before the start of the next college football season.” There are some exceptions but this is the general rule.

There were many surprises this year, with one of the best being that Shaquem Griffin got picked by the Seattle Seahawks on the final day of the draft, the same team his brother Shaquill Griffin is on.

Shaquem Griffin may not have looked to be one of the picks by simply his appearance, given that he lost his left hand from a prenatal condition that underdeveloped the hand. Nonetheless, he proved himself with a prosthetic at the NFL Combine, an annual February event where hundreds of the best of the best college players prove themselves through mental and physical tests in front of the NFL.

In an interview with ESPN, Griffin stated, “I’m going to keep proving people wrong because I have a lot of people to prove wrong — a lot of doubters.”

Speaking of health issues or conditions, Maurice Hurst, despite his heart condition diagnosed in February, was drafted for the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the draft. While the severity of the heart condition has not been made public, Hurst has been quite the skilled player, with 24.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks over his past two college seasons.

Last but not least, there were some guest pickers throughout the draft, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Buccaneers, R2D2 and Chewbacca, and Ron Howard, the director of the standalone Han Solo film coming out later this month.