NEW YORK (AP) — "It's called a three-piece, right?" Yes, Luke Joeckel, and by the way, nice blue checks with that vested suit at the NFL draft.
The Texas A&M offensive tackle led top prospects with a little bitty accessory that screamed loudly from Radio City Music Hall: the pocket square.
Joeckel's was a neat horizontal in a matching check worn with a striped tie, stripes being the other style memo received by the big guys in Thursday night's first round.
Nobody took that memo to heart quite so, um, intensely as Eddie Lacy, the Alabama running back in a wide-stripe tie, striped bluish jacket and, yes, a pocket square.
There were puffy squares, subdued solids folded in triangles and more on the matchy-matchy side from Ezekial Ansah of Brigham Young, Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and just about everyone else who took the stage for the group shot.
Bowties represented at three. Thanks Deon Jordan, but even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell showed up in a striped tie as the red carpet wound down and he put the draft on the clock.
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