So, when is it okay to hug again?
According to the NFL, it's okay to hug again once vaccinated; so, Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner), can hug away at this year's NFL draft, after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination. But who would have thought that Goodell would be the poster boy for America's biggest post-pandemic question: "Is it okay to hug again?" It takes me back, weeks after 9/11, when Loren Michaels (Saturday Night Live) asked a similar question, "Can we be funny?" and Mayer Giuliani said, "It's okay to laugh."
It's customary for the NFL Commissioner to hug prospects on stage after they've been selected. With the absence of the in-person draft selection in 2020 due to the pandemic, the NFL is poised and ready to invite 50,000 social distanced and masked fans to Cleveland each day for the 2021 draft. So, the customary NFL Commissioner "hug" is back in the rotation. Normalcy is beginning to return.
On April 29 and May 1, 58 prospects (13 on-site) are confirmed to participate, in addition to current players and some notable NFL legends who will be announcing draft picks on Night 2.
.@NFL Draft To Celebrate Past, Present & Future Players.— NFL345 (@NFL345) April 23, 2021
58 prospects (13 on-site), as well as 32 current players and @NFLLegends, are confirmed to participate in the 2021 NFL Draft.
For the full list of participants: https://t.co/tZpNmSavHe pic.twitter.com/8hRHM32xKA
The @NFL is celebrating past, present and future players in Cleveland this week – check out who’s announcing the picks on Night 2 of the @NFLDraft 👇— NFL Legends (@NFLLegends) April 26, 2021
📺: 2021 #NFLDraft - 4/29 to 5/1 on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/ryIJhv7hO6
According to thebleacherreport.com, the most likely to go No. 1 is Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, as well as BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, Alabama wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
The 2021 NFL Draft has some unknowns as to who will be onsite and which NFL team each prospect will get picked up by, but one thing we know for certain, each prospect will get a hug this year. And for that, we couldn't be more grateful to the NFL Commissioner. Hug away, America (if you're vaccinated)!
Who do you think will go No. 1? Who will be the first person you hug when your prospect gets picked? Let us know in the comments.