NFL all-decade wide receiver Drew Pearson went viral at this year’s NFL draft and then came to the Talk of Fame Network microphones to explain what was going through his mind as he taunted booing Philadelphia Eagles’ fans on national television.
“My adrenalin was flowing,’’ the former Dallas Cowboys’ all-pro receiver said of his stirring beat down of Eagles’ fans as he was announcing the Cowboys’ second-round draft pick. “Every step I took, I was getting more pumped up. In the Green Room I never thought I’d announce the (Cowboys’ draft) pick that way. But the more they yelled, the more I got fired up.’’
Pearson’s wild, fist-pumping reply to the booing he received as he ascended the podium became an instant internet sensation.
“I was trending,” Pearson jokingly told our Talk of Fame guys, comparing the booing to his days battling the Eagles and their fans during his NFL career. “I expected to see Herm Edwards out there!”
San Francisco 49ers’ general manager John Lynch also had some explaining to do after he pulled off what many believe was a Hall-of-Fame drafting performance in his debut as a GM. He, too, drops by this week to discuss how he landed two of the draft’s best defensive players — defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and linebacker Reuben Foster.
Like Pearson, Lynch was also fired up — but not in public. He was running his first NFL draft as the 49ers’ GM and wasted no time making the same kind of impact he once did as an All-Pro safety.
Lynch discusses how he pulled off the trade with the Chicago Bears that allowed him to add considerable draft capital and still land the player he most wanted – Stanford’s Thomas with the third overall choice – as well as one he never expected would be available: Alabama’s Foster with the draft’s 31st pick.
“One of my favorite players in this draft was Reuben Foster,’’ Lynch said. “I thought he might fall, and when he got to nine we began feverishly trying to move up from 34. We were able to get him at 31.’’
Lynch believes “we got two game-changing players.’’ Tune in to the full interview for the details on how he swung that trade with Chicago and moved up late in the first round to grab Foster as well.
Co-hosts and Hall of Fame voters Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge have their own draft opinions and debate who were the winners, losers and big surprises and what impact that will have individual team’s runs to the Super Bowl in 2017.
They also visit with Hall-of-Fame voter Dan Pompei in Chicago to get his take on the Bears’ big gamble to move up to the second spot in the draft and take one-year wonder Mitchell Trubisky, the North Carolina quarterback who played in only 13 college games before Chicago cast its future — and the future of embattled head coach John Fox — with him.
Pompei explains the repercussions for the Bears and for recently signed free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon, who signed an $18.5 million contract with Chicago but who faced a similar fate in Tampa when he was a starter and the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston.
And speaking of quarterbacks … the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson fills us in on what the Texans see in Deshaun Watson and projects when he believes the 12th overall choice will start for the Texans.
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