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2014 NFL Draft Suits: Grades for the Best and Worst Draft-Day Attire

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 9, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Suits: Grades for the Best and Worst Draft-Day Attire

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    Countless hours of training, so much sacrifice and hard hits have all led to this night at the 2014 NFL draft, wherein we have just one thing to say: These guys clean up rather well.

    Welcome to the sartorial combine, where we break down the suits featured Thursday night from Radio City Music Hall.

    As for what we are grading on: We know what we like when we see it. Style is completely subjective. One man's stupid lensless glasses are another's hipster accoutrement.

    Every athlete demands a various fit, color scheme and suit design, so there is no way of listing exactly where we we might knock off points just yet—and really, just make sure the darn suit fits, fellas.

    With that said, we have to also note that we know absolutely nothing when it comes to your respective style. Feel free to blast these grades and offer your own assessment below.

    Otherwise, enjoy a brief look at some of the solid suits worn by the NFL's newest youth movement.

Jadeveon Clowney

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    The first player off the board tonight was of course Jadeveon Clowney, and he also holds the distinction of wearing the suit by which all others will be measured.

    This is our first glimpse of fashion on the night, and it really was a great suit to start with. We aren't really grading on a curve, instead taking each athlete separately. However, much like talent, everyone else will be playing catch-up tonight.

    First, Clowney is a big man (duh), but he managed to get a well-tailored suit that doesn't make him look like Bruce Banner about to become the Hulk.

    The new Houston Texan understands that patterns are fine just as long as you err on the side of muted lines. Other than that, the bright shirt with the interesting tie really brings it all together.

    It's not bold, but it's not ostentatious or wild either. It's just a damn fine suit and a great way to start the night.

    Good job, big man.

    Grade: A

Greg Robinson

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    Oh boy.

    Let me preface this by saying I'm a Rams fan, but I can't get with this suit, which is really like three suits tossed together—although it's rather hard to really see in this image.

    Now we don't have an issue with the bow tie, which would look damn fine on another suit. We don't necessarily have an issue with the lined handkerchief popping out or the polka-dotted shirt.

    We have an issue with Robinson deciding to wear them all at once.

    Grade: D

Blake Bortles

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    You all had Blake Bortles going No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, right?

    When it comes to the suit, we don't really have anything bad to say about it. The pinstripes are classic, if not toeing the line of outdated, but the star is the handkerchief with blue lining that really brings this all together.

    This suit was dangerously close to boring, much like this draft. Thankfully, Bortles managed to save both.

    Grade: B+

Sammy Watkins

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    If you ever wondered whether you could rep school colors and look dapper at the same time, take a gander at former Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, whose ensemble really won the early picks.

    Like we offered before, the plaid pattern is muted but adds texture. If you are going with a bold color, let one piece of clothing do the shouting.

    That bombastic orange tie is all you need to make this suit memorable without being annoying. Damn fine flash, kid.

    Grade: A

Khalil Mack

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    Someone stole Papa Smurf's fancy suit. 

    I am so torn by this suit, much like I am with Raiders picks in other years. The problem with a suit with a high sheen is it ends up looking like a prom tuxedo in the wrong light. On TV, this thing looked horrible.

    However, in this image, it looks like the best of the night. 

    With that said, this suit has some things going for it, and I like the confidence in going with stripes on the shirt along with this nearly audacious suit.

    Like the Black Hole, there is just too much going on here, though. 

    Grade: C+

Jake Matthews

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    Wear a three-piece suit at your own peril. 

    There is so much that can and will go wrong when you add layers to the midsection, especially when you are more beast than man like Matthews. 

    As you can tell by that grade down there, we liked it. 

    Hell, we say get Matthews a monocle and a cigar and complete the outfit. 

    Grade: B

Mike Evans

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    Look, you can have your cake, eat it and go back for seconds and thirds.

    Go ahead and add some color to a three-piece suit, even though the vest really should be the accent you need. However, don't mix pinstripes with a plaid shirt and a dotted tie. 

    We are just going to assume he is wearing white shoes, because where else do you go from here? 

    Grade: C

Justin Gilbert

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    Phew, we needed some color after Evans' Darth Vader suit. 

    Behind that orange and brown Browns jersey is a very snazzy suit. From the classy lapels to the plaid tie we can excuse because of the rest of the ensemble, Justin Gilbert can walk out of Thursday with his head held high. 

    Well, until he puts on the Browns jersey. 

    Grade: B+

Eric Ebron

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    Life is on cruise control for Eric Ebron, who got engaged before the NFL draft. He was taken in the top 10, now has a bride-to-be and rocked this rather dapper suit. 

    We hate to crash the party, but we have to call out the tie, which is doing its best to play the part of Rob Gronkowski, drawing every last bit of the attention—and not necessarily in a good way. 

    Grade: C+

Taylor Lewan

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    There has to be cowboy boots. Someone please tell me this outfit comes complete with matching cowboy boots and spurs. 

    In all honestly, we rather like the suit and pocket-square decision. We can even forgive the two-tone lapel, to a degree, but it's just poorly tailored. 

    Go big or home doesn't pertain to draft-day wardrobe. 

    Grade: C-

Odell Beckham Jr.

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    The bow tie game is strong with this one. 

    We see Odell Beckham Jr. working, and we like it. Although he may have included too many pieces of flair with the suit. This isn't Chotchkies after all—so we deduct for that reason. 

    Nevertheless, this suit doesn't give us a case of the Mondays. It's bright, refreshing and bold in a good way. 

    Grade: B

Kyle Fuller

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    Big, bold and functions with a high motor. 

    We are, of course, talking about that red tie, which takes a suit that might be ho-hum with another accoutrement and produces a slap in the face—but that good, invigorating kind.  

    Grade: A-

Ryan Shazier

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    Ryan Shazier received inspiration for this suit from watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Saved by the Bell. Either way, I can claim to have owned a similarly colored suit, back in 1992. 

    A good rule might be to refrain from taking anything off the rack that Zack Morris or A.C. Slater would wear to prom. 

    Grade: D

C.J. Mosley

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    I love brown mustard as much as the next person, but I never thought to drape myself in it for a fancy event. 

    While we have serious reservations about the color of the suit, everything else is pure class, especially the bow tie and shy handkerchief that appears to want no part of Roger Goodell. 

    Now, wake us up when someone decides to wear ketchup. 

    Grade: C+

Calvin Pryor

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    Calvin Pryor proves you can wear gray without being boring or dreary. In fact, you can bring the vibrant and colorful game quite well if you pull it off. 

    Pryor pulls it off. 

    Although, we think there was a missed opportunity with the pocket square that could have added just a bit of sizzle to the suit. Let's be honest, though, we just wanted to say "sizzle." 

    Grade: B+

Brandin Cooks

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    There isn't really a whole lot to say about Brandin Cooks' suit, which isn't a bad thing. It fits extremely well and is tied together with accents of purple and a touch of needed color. 

    Really, this will get lost amid the shuffle of flashier outfits, but we have to praise a job that is well-done. And props are due for rocking a thicker tie with a suitable knot. 

    Move along...nothing bad to see here. 

    Grade: B

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix managed to wear the most polarizing jacket of the night, going with something that is equal parts tuxedo and smoking jacket. 

    He walked the edge of looking like a valet but managed to pull it off. That's right; I'm in the camp that actually enjoyed the slick wine jacket with solid black lapels. 

    The pocket square and bow tie are crucial to pulling off something that could easily look more like a costume than a classy suit. 

    At the end of the day, Clinton-Dix just has more style than most. 

    Grade: A

Johnny Manziel

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    Johnny Manziel finally came off the board to the Browns. (Remember the good ol' days, everybody.) Mr. Football is a flashy player who entertains as well as any player in the game. 

    However, his suit was a dud by comparison. Now, that isn't to say we hated it by any stretch, just that we might use the image to fall asleep over warm milk. 

    Even the shirt—no doubt stained from flop sweat—was a dull gray with black pinstripes. It fit well, but we demand more from the man who will either turn a franchise around or end up on a long list of QB failures

    Grade: C+

Jason Verrett

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    "How much more black could this be? The answer is none, none more black." 

    According to Jason Verrett's suit, the NFL draft wasn't so much a time to celebrate as it was a moment to mourn. 

    We'd like to give a shout-out to the red pocket square that pretty much saved this suit from completely bumming us out. 

    Grade: D+

Bradley Roby

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    On the flip side from what we saw from Clinton-Dix is Bradley Roby's attempt to pull off a similar suit. Good job; good effort

    As you see, it takes a very specific combination to pull off a similar jacket, which sadly doesn't happen for Roby. The entire ensemble is just too loud—and not in the Seahawks' 12th man sort of way but more in the "Chris Berman shouting in my ear holes" manner. 

    Now, if Roby was trying to audition for Dreamgirls II, we fully applaud the attempt. 

    Grade: C-

Teddy Bridgewater

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    It's a good thing Teddy Bridgewater was selected on Thursday night—and not because of his talent, of which there is plenty. 

    No, we just wanted to get another gander at one of the night's slickest suits. From the tie clip that is perfectly positioned to the touch of vibrant color, it's hard not to like the fashion game that Bridgewater is bringing. 

    Guys, this is exactly how you wear a suit. 

    Grade: A

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