The Cleveland Browns selected running back Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick in Friday’s NFL draft. It was Cleveland’s second pick of the second round.
The pick was announced by Browns great Jim Brown, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.
Chubb starred in the backfield for Georgia, rushing for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2017.
In four seasons at Georgia, he rushed for 4,769 yards (second all time in SEC history) and 44 touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions and four touchdown catches.
“It’s not the Super Bowl in terms of economic impact, but it’s a very real number and cities can get a lot of visibility,” O’Reilly said.
For the NFL, promising exposure for sponsors in front of 250,000 people makes official league deals more valuable. Nearly 40 brands that pay the league to be a sponsor have a presence at the draft.
Last summer, after teams were asked by the NFL if they would be interested in hosting the draft in any year from 2019 through 2023, 20 responded with a “yes.”
Five bids to host the 2019 draft will be reviewed next month at the owners meetings. The cities vying to host are Las Vegas (Raiders), Nashville, Tennessee (Titans), Denver (Broncos) and Kansas City (Chiefs), as well as a combined Cleveland/Canton bid by the Browns that includes the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said he was impressed by the actions of Const. Ken Lam, who earned international acclaim for the peaceful arresting of suspect Alek Minassian.
“In America, he would definitely have been shot up,” Lowry said. “He did an amazing job of making a judgment call. I think more people could learn from that.”
Raptors coach Dwane Casey was struck by how close the carnage occurred to his own Toronto neighborhood.
“It’s not too far from up the street from where I live,” Casey said.
Casey and his coaches were in the midst of a meeting Monday afternoon when assistant Rex Kalamian’s phone buzzed with someone informing him of the tragedy. The coaches stopped their meeting and turned on a television to find out what had happened.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Casey said. “Just this weekend, I was talking to people saying how safe Toronto is, how it’s a melting pot and you don’t have the same crime. Hopefully, though, sport can offer a relief, some reprieve.”