NFL made a big deal out of a anticlimactic coin toss, and people watched it anyway
A few minutes before 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, loudspeakers inside the Indianapolis convention center rang out with an announcement. The coin toss between the Minnesota Vikings and the Indianapolis Colts was about to begin and fans were invited to come and grab a seat to watch it. Needless to say, the buildup did not live up to the actual execution.
The Vikings and Colts flipped a coin to determine the draft order at picks No. 14 and 15 in the 2017 draft. The Vikings won, and Philadelphia Eagles receive Minnesota’s pick as part of last season’s Sam Bradford trade. (Here’s the finalized draft order).
The coin toss itself took place on the stage where players are doing the bench press in the NFL Combine Experience, so the public could watch.
The NFL made a big to-do of the coin flip, and even had a custom coin made for the toss itself. It was very fancy.
Fans watched as Vikings general manager Rick Spielman made the same joke several times about wanting to defer, and NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano tried to convince new Colts GM Chris Ballard that this was, indeed, a very exciting experience.
Former Chiefs guard Will Shields was the official coin flipper, and he was instructed on the correct approach. Finally, Spielman said what everyone in the room was thinking: “How long before we flip this damn thing?”
During a broadcast of Senior Bowl practices, Mike Mayock of NFL Network said that scouts told him that Trubisky might only measure in at 6’1. If that happens, his distinction as the draft’s top quarterback may come into question. Don’t think it matters? Russell Wilson of the Seahawks was the only quarterback 6’1 or shorter to start on a team with a winning record last season.