Teddy Bridgewater begins Vikings career with R. Kelly soundtrack
Teddy Bridgewater screengrab via NFL Network; R. Kelly photo by Erik Hess
Baseball fans are accustomed to the walk-up music chosen by each ballplayer as they stroll confidently up to the plate. But at last night's NFL Draft, each prospect got to select the music echoing through Radio City Music Hall as they proudly took the stage.
It's an opportunity to see what type of songs each player uses to psych themselves up, and a chance to critique their music tastes -- or lack thereof. R. Kelly was new Vikings QB prospect Teddy Bridgewater's choice.
Cries from frustrated Vikings fans shook the rubble of the Metrodome following the team passing on the controversial but talented Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel with their first round pick.
That ultimately robbed Vikes fans of the pleasure of getting to hear Manziel's all-too-obvious but still cool-as-hell walk up song, "Draft Day," by Drake. I mean, c'mon, if Drake drops your name in the first verse of any song, you know damn well that you're going to use that to enhance your brand as well as your celebrity.
After trading down to the 9th pick, the Vikings selected UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, who didn't have any walk up music selected because the relatively surprising pick wasn't even invited to attend the draft.
But the Purple weren't done just yet. They traded up to select Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater with the final pick in the first round. And Teddy didn't disappoint, taking the stage to the refined, piano-laden beats of R. Kelly's boastful anthem, "The World's Greatest."
Kellz's confident track might be a bit too restrained in tone to get Vikings fans truly pumped up for the upcoming season, but it shows Bridgewater's not lacking in the hubris department. His play over the past two seasons at Louisville warranted a bit of self esteem, but we'll wait and see if he still feels that way after his first NFL sack.
Bridgewater's music choice certainly wasn't the worst track chosen by the days draftees. Cyrus Kouandjio selected Imagine Dragons' smash hit, "Radioactive," which even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is sick of by this point.
Tayler Lewan took the stage to Kings of Leon's tepid "Rock City," which thankfully is an awful sounding place that exists only in the minds of the Followill brothers. But the Tennessee Titans might have some serious questions about the taste in music of their enormous new draft pick.
Drake was the clear winner in the NFL Draft, as the lint-rolling rap superstar was chosen by a large handful of prospects who clearly identify with his clean Canadian rhymes and pristine, lint free wardrobe.
Perhaps the funniest moment of the night came from our division enemy to the East, Green Bay Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has been embroiled in an ongoing, hilarious Twitter battle with Tampa Bay TE (and former teammate) Tom Crabtree.
And last night, Rodgers couldn't resist taking another shot at Crabtree and his supposed love of Nickelback with this tweet in response to a fan's question.
Rodgers needn't have worried, because the Packers' eventual draft pick, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (yes, that really is his name), took the stage to "Never Would Have Made It" by Marvin (don't call me Warren) Sapp.
Here's a complete list of the various walk up songs of all the NFL draft prospects.
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