- Associated Press - Thursday, April 25, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - “It’s called a three-piece, right?” Yes, Luke Joeckel, and by the way, nice blue checks with that vested suit at the NFL draft.

The Texas A&M offensive tackle led top prospects with a little bitty accessory that screamed loudly from Radio City Music Hall: the pocket square.

Joeckel’s was a neat horizontal in a matching check worn with a striped tie, stripes being the other style memo received by the big guys in Thursday night’s first round.

Nobody took that memo to heart quite so, um, intensely as Eddie Lacy, the Alabama running back in a wide-stripe tie, striped bluish jacket and, yes, a pocket square.

There were puffy squares, subdued solids folded in triangles and more on the matchy-matchy side from Ezekiel Ansah of Brigham Young, Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and just about everyone else who took the stage for the group shot.

“I’m personally a huge fan of the pocket square,” said Cam Newton, the 2011 top draft pick by the Carolina Panthers who has a new clothing line at Belk.

He’s on board with stripes, too.

“Stripes are a bold statement that are always on trend, but particularly so this spring season,” Newton said. “Stripes are a real plus for us bigger football players as we tend to be wide with broad shoulders and a good vertical pinstripe elongates your shape.”

Bowties were represented at three. Thanks Dion Jordan, but even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell showed up in a striped tie as the red carpet wound down and he put the draft on the clock.

As Goodell fended off bear hugs from the smiley and mostly dry-eyed draft picks, there was no immediate word why Ansah showed up in black-rimmed Real 3D movie glasses as he was selected by the Detroit Lions at No. 5 overall.


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