Tweets regarding the 2014 NFL Draft are currently trending in four of the top-10 positions on Twitter today, Thursday, May 9, and fans and experts alike are throwing out their best guesses as to who their favorite team is going to select with their pick.
But along with the wannabe prognosticators, there's also another new twist to the draft that has fans buzzing on social media: for the first time in NFL Draft history, the top selections in the draft will get to choose their own walkup songs as they make their way to the podium.
With that in mind, I've mined the depths of my iPod to find the perfect walkup song for some of the top prospects in tonight's draft:
1.) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
Reason: Love him or hate him, Manziel is this year's renegade, who's "never been afraid to say what's on his mind at any given time of day". Listen to Eminem's verse on the track about the struggles of being misunderstood, and if you can't picture Manziel spitting the verse, then you don't know the story of "Johnny Football".
Sample lyrics: "Since I'm in a position to talk to these kids and they listen/ I ain't no politician but I'll kick it with em a minute/ Cause, see, they call me a menace and if the shoe fits I'll wear it/ But if it don't, then y'all'll swallow the truth, grin and bear it/"
2.) Jadeveon Clowney DB South Carolina
Reason: Despite the fact that both Clowney and the "Godfather of Soul" come from South Carolina, there's a bigger reason to why this song is the perfect fit for Clowney: Apollo Creed.
You may remember Apollo walking out to this song in "Rocky 4" before being put down, eternally, by Ivan Drago. Clowney is this year's Creed, the embodiment of the perfect athlete with unbeatable strength, but with a weakness to rely too much on their God-given talent and not take things serious enough.
3.) Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
Reason: By all accounts, Mack is destined to become a Jacksonville Jaguar. My hope is that he uses his walkup song to subliminally transmit to his agent that "there must be some kind of way out of here".
4.) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
Winner: 'Hustle Hard' by Ace Hood
Reason: Ace and Sammy are both Florida natives that sport dreads, but most importantly, both are not afraid to put in work, lower their shoulders, and take their hits as they move to the top. Watkins has rapidly moved up the draft board, and the reason behind the rise has been attributed to his tremendous work ethic he exhibited in the offseason.
Proving, Sammy is not afraid to hustle hard.
5.) Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
Winner: 'Respect' by Notorious B.I.G.
Reason: Much like Big Poppa, Mike Evans is larger than life in size and performance in front of a crowd, but humble with a quiet confidence in interviews. Perhaps the most debated consensus top-five pick in recent draft history, Evans aims to prove those who say he's too slow to compete in the NFL wrong.
Others to consider:
1.) Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
Winner: 'Pink Houses' by John Mellencamp
Reason: The fact the Teddy just bought his mom a Pink Cadillac Escalade probably makes the song 'Pink Cadillac' the obvious choice, but the overwhelming show of love for his family, and slight touch of materialism in his gesture makes 'Pink Houses' the superior pick.
2.) Blake Bortles QB UCF
Winner: 'Underdog' by Kasabian
Reason: A song that has just as much as passion as Bortles does on the field, 'Underdog' would be a direct challenge to all the naysayers in the draft that believe he doesn't have the talent or the experience to compete in the NFL.
3.) Hasean Clinton-Dix CB Alabama
Reason: When "Ha-Ha" is on the field, he has one mission: Destroy all in his path. While his head down, bullish tactics on the field sometimes tend to leave him in exploitable positions with receivers, one thing is certain: when he hits you, it's with the "sure shot".
If you think you have a better song for any of these players, or have a walkup song suggestion of your own for a player not mentioned above, leave a comment below.