The newest group of football prospects hope to make a name for themselves, and it starts at the 2022 NFL draft. A handful of draftees have turned heads before playing a single down in the league because of their draft-day outfits.
Distinctive wardrobe selections often make an appearance during the draft, like Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's crop-top suit look in 2016. The 2022 class didn't disappoint with their own eccentric ensembles. Jewelry was a common theme, as a number of players wore some impressive chains and pendants to compliment their looks.
Other players used their suit jackets as a fashion statement with vivid colors, special designs and sentimental messages. Fire footwear was also on display, featuring some shoes that cost a pretty penny.
Here's a look at some of the eye-catching fits from the newest class of NFL players at the draft:
His nickname might be "Sauce," but former Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Ahmad Gardner brought major drip to the draft. The projected first-round pick rocked two flashy chains brandishing his famous monicker. One of the pendants is a sauce bottle, a fitting addition to Gardner's wardrobe. He also donned a blue suit that pairs well with the ice around his neck.
Brrrrr 🥶#Bearcats | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/1YGTTJ2ISq— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) April 28, 2022
Jameson Williams wore red for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and again for draft night. He complimented the vibrant suit with a very large pendant that hung from a necklace.
Jameson Williams had to pull out the TD celly on the red carpet. @bigsgjamo | @AlabamaFTBL— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu arrived at the draft in a white suit that has hints of green throughout. The patterns on the lapel and wrist of his jacket pay homage to Nigeria's flag. His mother and father both lived there before coming to the United States. He also showed off a necklace that featured his nickname "Ickey."
.@BigIck79 has arrived ⭐️🇳🇬 @NFLAfrica— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 28, 2022
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.@BigIck79 with the Big Chain ⛓️@PackFootball | @Invisalign— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Jordan Davis won the College Football Playoff National Championship with the Georgia Bulldogs this past season, and he made sure to bring his championship ring to the draft. The defensive lineman wore a black and red suit, his alma mater's colors.
Flex that championship ring, @jordanxdavis99. 💍— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Oregon alum Kayvon Thibodeaux didn't play around with his draft day fit. He wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit with red stones adorning the jacket. He also sported black shoes that "just came straight in from Italy" according to the projected first-round pick.
.@kayvont's Red Carpet fit. 🔥— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson showed up to the draft in some sleek suits. Olave went with an all-black look, while Wilson opted for a two-toned ensemble.
Those @OhioStateFB WRs came through looking their best. 😎 (by @Invisalign)@chrisolave_ | @GarrettWilson_V— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Florida State Seminoles alum Jermaine Johnson II chronicled his scholastic journey with his draft day outfit. His yellow and black suit jacket featured all of the schools he's attended on the inner lining, from Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota to Florida State. The piece was custom-made by menswear company Gentleman's Playbook.
.@ii_jermaine looking like a million bucks out here 😎💰— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Former Liberty Flames signal-caller Malik Willis donned some eye-catching attire. From his spiked Christian Louboutin shoes to his shiny necklace, Willis put together an impressive fit.
It's @malikwillis' time to shine now. ✨ @LibertyFootball— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Evan Neal used the inner lining of his suit to pay homage to his hometown of Okeechobee, Florida. The former Crimson Tide offensive lineman topped off the look with some stylish shades.
Evan Neal is repping his hometown on the biggest stage. ❤️🤍— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Former USC Trojans receiver Drake London also had some jewelry on, wearing a chain that featured his initials and the peace sign.
Peep the ✌️ in the chain. #FightOn@DrakeLondon_ | @USC_FB— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
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Sometimes keeping it simple is best. Former Ole Miss Rebels quarterback Matt Corral took that approach with a sharp navy blue suit.
Matt Corral has arrived.— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2022
Which team is drafting the @OleMissFB QB?
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Georgia alum Nakobe Dean's outfit featured a stunning brim hat and pink suit. Like Davis, Dean also rocked the CFP National Championship ring he won with the Bulldogs in January.
He's ready. 🔥 @NakobeDean— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2022
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