Draft night stress, as told by heart rates from first four laps


Pre-draft stress
The first round of the NFL Draft was a full day for prospects who attended the Las Vegas event in person. After breakfast at 9:30 a.m. local time, they headed to their hotel rooms to get dressed before photo ops and interviews on the Bellagio’s fountain red carpet.

An anxious start

After the selection, Ekwonu said he thought his heart rate might have peaked just before the red carpet, but tracking shows his beats per minute (BPM) actually peaked near the end of the carpet. red.

A medical expert’s perspective
Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, explained that BPM can increase resting rates two to three times in pressure situations. “Their body prepares for that time, and it releases adrenaline substances that eventually increase the heart rate,” he said.

Old view of the first round
Next is the green room, where prospects wait to be called. “You’re so excited and anxious to know where you’re going next, aren’t you?” said Robert Griffin III, the second overall pick in 2012. “Who are your new teammates, the head coach, the city you’re diving into?”

The ups and downs

Davis said he was anxious all night. Krumholz explained that in moments of excitement, athletes’ bodies react like they would in a big game. “You feel your heart racing, you feel restless, your body wants to move,” Krumholz said.

almost time

Hutchinson said the gravity of the moment hit after the red carpet, in the Green Room. “Just being there with my family, my dad was crying a little bit,” he said. “It definitely made me a little emotional going into the draft.”

The rows of Kiper’s big picture

The rows of Kiper’s big picture

Hutchinson 1
Ekwonu 2
Olive 15
Davis 27

calm in the storm

Olave said he didn’t feel overly nervous, but when those moments came, he closed his eyes and breathed deeply. “I know it’s all in God’s plan. I wasn’t really stressed,” he said. “Sent some prayers, and God answered them.”

Quiet family time

The Hutchinson family hunkered down as Roger Goodell opened the away draw. “My mom, she gave a little motivational speech saying, whoever chooses me, whoever doesn’t, who cares,” Hutchinson said. “Wherever I go, I will give my all.”

The choice is in

BY Travon Walker
(JAX, 1st)


(DET, 2nd)

Draper Goodell

“Just being there and walking down the stage and seeing the crowd open up, dapper Goodell, that’s something I’ve watched on TV for years now,” said Hutchinson, a Michigan native. who grew up as a Lions fan. “Being there in first person was unreal.”

Familiar area code

Ekwonu will stay close to home. Bank of America Stadium is seven miles from his high school, Providence Day School. “As soon as I saw this number 704 [Charlotte area code]my heart rate accelerated,” he said.


(RCA, 6th)

The choice is in

WR Garrett Wilson
(NYJ, 10th)

The saints come calling

Immediately after teammate Ohio State was called, New Orleans traded to select Olave. “I was happier for [Wilson] than me!” Olave said. “I’ve seen the work he does, and I know Garrett, he’s a good person too. I wish him the best.”


(NO, 11th)


(PHI, 13th)

Fly the eagles fly

Davis couldn’t help but form a mini mosh pit with Eagles fans as he left the stage. “We jumped and jumped and all that,” he said. This mini dance party could explain the bumps in the plot line post-selection.

A medical expert’s perspective

Krumholtz said it was unreasonable to expect athletes’ BPMs to immediately return to normal resting rates due to the excitement surrounding the experience. “It’s not anxiety or uncertainty anymore, but it’s just a party,” he said.

make mom proud

“It’s the greatest moment of our lives,” Davis said of his mother’s reaction when his Eagles took him away. “Everything she taught me, everything I went through in college just to get to this, I hope she can see her son and be proud.”

To the NFL

The work has only just begun when prospects receive the call they were drafted. In some cases, players arrive in their new hometown before the night is over. As Davis said when asked what was next for him, “Go to Philadelphia!” Get to work.


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