NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times EDT):
The dominance of defensive players in the first round of the draft subsided for a couple of picks when Atlanta bolstered a weak offensive line with Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom. Just behind that, Washington showed that patience is, indeed a virtue, and got Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Lindstrom should move directly into the starting lineup for the Falcons, who desperately need an upgrade up front. Haskins, at one point regarded as the top quarterback in this crop, might not be an immediate starter for the Redskins, who acquired Case Keenum in the offseason with starter Alex Smith and backup Colt McCoy both coming off broken legs.
But Washington had targeted Haskins, stayed put instead of trading up, and got him.
New York Giants fan Greg Hampton has won two season tickets for the team for the next century.
As part of the NFL’s celebration of its 100th season, which begins in September, the league held a contest that drew about 5,000 entrants.
Hampton, 36, from the New York borough of Queens, was turned on to football by his father, and sent a letter to then-coach Tom Coughlin “telling him about my dad and he was a big fan of his. He actually sent my dad a nice letter telling him to get well, and a signed photo. To me that meant the world. It shows that my favorite team cared about its fans as if they were family.”
Hampton’s ill father passed away before seeing the letter.
He was one of three finalists and was announced as the winner onstage at the outset of the draft as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Greene and Tim Brown, and Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota looked on.
“I plan to take both of my sons to games; will use my extra ticket for one son and buy another ticket for my other son,” he said of Jaydon, 12, and Jordon, 10. “My brother will get to be in the rotation sometimes, as well.'”
His sons did the contest submission.
Hampton travels to three or four home games a year, he said, as well as attending some games at MetLife Stadium.