NFL Network probably should have done a little more research into Chad Kelly — aka Mr. Irrelevant — before heaping him with superlatives on Saturday.
After the Broncos took Kelly with the last pick of the draft, NFL Network posted a graphic of Kelly, using one of its bullet points to describe Kelly as a “fearless gunslinger.”
“I’m thinking he might say, ‘Oh, no, don’t say anything like that, that might get them too fired up, might cause a riot out there in that crowd.’ But to my surprise, he encouraged me to say that and to get the crowd even more riled up,” Pearson said of his conversation with Goodell.
Pearson, who was a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XII champion after going unselected in the 1973 draft, made the pick “on behalf of the five-time world champions” to a chorus of boos. The louder the crowd got, the louder Pearson yelled.
Pearson spent his entire 10-year playing career in Dallas before taking on coaching roles and executive positions following his retirement.
Two small-school tight ends went back-to-back early in the second round — South Alabama’s Gerald Everett (No. 44 to Rams) and Ashland’s Adam Shaheen (No. 45 to the Bears). Then FIU’s Jonnu Smith (No. 100 to the Titans) was the only other tight end taken after O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and Davd Njoku went in Round 1.
It’s unfortunate the torn ACL has cost Butt so much, but he has the makings of a Day 3 steal now.