To no one’s surprise, the four quarterbacks in Dallas this week hogged all the attention at Wednesday’s Play Football event; four six-foot-something man-planets with media-member moons gravitating toward each of them.
Every one of the signal-callers — Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen — played coy about where they might end up or when they might jump off the draft board. But they all professed the same message: We’re friends today, but rivals tomorrow.
We rivals. We rivals right now, Jackson said with a straight face, before breaking out a smile. Nah, I’m just playing.
Huge rivalry. Huge rivalry between me and Josh, Darnold ripped sarcastically of Allen, his workout mate for the past three months. We’re great buddies and we’re just rooting for each other. It’s cool knowing we’re going to end up in the right spot no matter what. That’s the them around this whole thing. Wherever we go is going to be the right spot because they want us.
Come Thursday night, the 2018 draft class will move indoors from blustery Arlington into the well-conditioned confines of AT&T Stadium, where at some point these players’ lives will change forever. Until that moment, when they finally go their separate ways toward different organizations and facilities miles away, these four quarterbacks are going to enjoy their time with one another.
One of the most amicable players in the locker room during his time with the team, Burleson started 38 games during his four seasons in Detroit, catching 194 passes for 2,083 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Following his retirement in 2014, Burleson has parlayed his gregarious personality into a broadcasting gig, serving as one of the host for the NFL Network show Good Morning Football.
The Lions are scheduled to select No. 51 in the second round.
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