2014 NFL Draft Grades: Fashion Edition
Plenty of notable figures walked the red carpet at yesterday's NFL draft, from Jadeveon Clowney to Johnny Manziel. But there was one notable absence: Joan Rivers and the rest of her Fashion Police ensemble. Because Extra Mustard takes fashion as seriously as sports, we now present the NFL Draft Grades: Fashion Edition.
It looks like Clowney knew well before the draft that he was going to be holding up a Texans jersey, because that tie was designed to match. The South Carolina-product kept the rest of his accessories sleek and simple, although he does lose points for his tie knot being a little too small (it's also possible that his neck is just gigantic).
Like Clowney, Mike Evans really lucked out with his color combinations -- they beautifully offset his new Buccaneers jersey. I like the visual interest in his shirt and his bravery in mixing patterns between shirt and tie. Unfortunately, Evans loses some serious fashion credibility just by holding up a Bucs jersey, which are easily the ugliest in the NFL.
It was a bold statement for Justin Gilbert to wear such a light-colored suit for an evening event -- and that bold statement paid off. Gilbert looks fresh and ready for spring in his light blue ensemble, and the red accents in his pocket square and tie are crisp and visually interesting. And Gilbert is sporting the most important accessory for any outfit -- a winning smile.
I wish we had a better photo of Jason Verrett's all-black ensemble, because this understated-yet-elegant look was one of the sleekest of the night. An all-black look is an instant way to class up your outfit, not to mention it's very slimming (although at 5' 10" and 180 lbs, Verret hardly needs the help). Verrett did have a bit of bad luck, though -- the Chargers gave him a navy blue hat, and we all know that mixing black and navy is a big no-no. The suit gets an A, but that hat knocks him down a peg.
The clear winner of the night, Clinton-Dix took fashion risks and had fun with his outfit, which is the most important thing to do. He made a smart choice wearing a conservative black tie with his red smoking jacket -- when you're making a bold statement like that, the other pieces should complement, not distract from it. I also like his choice to go with a silver watch instead of a gold one; with this color combination, gold would be too fancy. Silver keeps it F-U-N fun.
CJ Mosley is giving us a real mixed bag with this outfit. I love that he's making a bold choice with the patterned bow-tie, but it's looking a little helter-skelter. The ring was a bold move that I think didn't pay off for him, and his pocket square is dipping too far into his pocket. That being said, I'm always happy to see a non-black suit make its way into the sea of traditional mens formal wear.
Sammy Watkins kept it simple and classy with his draft-day outfit, and the subtle plaid pattern of his suit made it one of my favorites of the night. However, given the Instagram video he posted yesterday showing off his ice, I was really expecting to see more adventurous choices with his accessories. For setting up my jewelry expectations and then failing to follow through, he loses substantial fashion credibility.
It was a disappointing night all-around for buzzed-about quarterback Johnny Football (née Manziel). His silver tie clip failed to spruce up an incredibly boring outfit. Manziel was drowning in a sea of navy and all but disappeared into the NFL Draft sign behind him, just like his pocket square disappeared into his pocket. Total yawn.
All that being said, I loved Manziel's mani-cam footage:
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