Blogged by: Tashyra Ayers, F3 Founder & Chief EditorAround the NFL

As per usual, the NFL Draft officially kicked off with the red carpet arrival of some of its top prospects to be drafted in the first round (at least that’s the expectation, and certainly the hope). PicCollage (3)Nonetheless, before we get to the minutia of where “Lil’ Junior” is going to make his first 10 million, we have to line up and prepare ourselves for the fashionisto football players, and their fashionista mothers – who almost ALWAYS accompany them.

But back to why we’re here on the first day of the draft…the FASHION!

New Cowboys Running Back, Ezekiel Elliott was accompanied by his 20-something looking mother, who wore a knee-length, sequin cocktail dress for the gawds, accessorized with her debonair husband for the red carpet arrival.  Elliot’s signature ‘abs out’ look made its debut on the NFL red carpet as PicCollagehe decided to take the classic button-down men’s dress shirt, and transform it into a belly-shirt. No…like, he literally had half a shirt on under his powder blue tuxedo jacket that came slightly above his naval, and a significant distance from his designer belt and white men’s slacks.  He continued his statement down to the powder blue dusters that were accessorized with navy blue tassels.

Laremy Tunsil’s clean-cut, well-tailored tuxedo was complimented by his date for the evening – none other than his lovely mother that graciously rocked a black floor-length gown, with a diamond shaped cutout in the back.  IMG_1195His clean and classic look was lightly and precisely complimented with a gold rope chain that hung just below his black and gold bow-tie.

The black and gold theme didn’t stop there.  Robert Nkemdiche got the memo from Laremy, and kept his black on black look chic with a traditional rope chain hanging just under his black bow-tie.  We loved his tuxedo shirt embellished with black man-ruffles and silk-like accents. IMG_1216 His gold specs and dreads tied up in two pony-tails gave him a statement look even in his black and gold ensemble.

Shaq Lawson brighten up the day with a pin-stripped camel and brown suit, white tuxedo shirt, and chocolate brown shoes to match his chocolate brown tie. His smile took the ensemble over the top bringing some much-needed sunshine to an otherwise dreary day – weather wise that is.

IMG_1204Vernon Butler looked like a well-groomed super star walking the red carpet with his black handkerchief trimmed in white lining.  IMG_1200Keanu Neel wore the trendy black and blue combination with a tailored navy blue suit and black on black for the tie and shirt combo.  The classic tie clip gave us LIFE.  Yes – the devil is still in the details. One detail that will never go out of style, is the age-old SMILE :-)…and M. Jack – our nickname for him – had that in full effect!

Although their sons were the center of attention, the Mothers of these new-comers to the National Football League certainly gave some competition in red carpet readiness.  PicCollage (1)From the dressy gaucho, the cocktail dress, to the floor-length chiffon gown, these ladies were ready for lights, camera, FASHION as much as we the press were ready to capture the moment.

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Here are more of the best red carpet moments that Female Football Frenzy was able to grab at the 2016 NFL Draft Red Carpet. Visit the Female Football Frenzy Instagram page for more up close and personal images, and video footage of the 2016 NFL Draft Red Carpet in Chicago.

 

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