Holy Embroidery! The Best and Worst of New Era's 2018 NFL Draft Hats
We won't pretend we know enough about the NFL to make predictions about future NFL players and what it means for the league going forward (that's ESPN's beat). But what we do know is hats. In preparation for the 2018 NFL Draft at the end of April, New Era has unveiled every NFL team's draft hat. Much like football itself, there are winners and losers, and we have compiled our list of the five best and five worst 2018 NFL Draft hats.
The Best 2018 NFL Draft Hats
1. The Minnesota Vikings
— John Breech (@johnbreech) April 10, 2018
While we're unsure whether or not this is a "Game of Thrones" reference, we are on board with the Vikings hat design. The mascot seamlessly integrates into the slogan, unlike some of the others.
2. Tennessee Titans
You can tell it’s a slow time in NFL news when the most pressing topic of conversation is Draft hats...
— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) April 10, 2018
As writers, we love puns, so we're going to put the Titans on our best list. We also love the dark blue font with the light blue accents.
3. Green Bay Packers
We dig the catchphrase, the logo and the color scheme. And fans seem to love the Titletown, U.S.A. reference, so this hat checked all the boxes.
4. Los Angeles Rams
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) April 10, 2018
We like the clean integration of the mascot with the slogan, and the bold "City of Angels" text on the inside brim is a nice touch.
5. Seattle Seahawks
Here it is. The 2018 Seahawks Draft hat. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/ZwZVK9ccpm
— UK Seahawkers (@SeahawkersUK) April 10, 2018
This is not so much about design, which we find perhaps a little too busy, but instead about fan service. The Seahawks threw fans a bone with the use of the 12 flag symbol, and we think this decision will pay off for them. Although, we will say, they probably could have designed the flag a little bit better (don't hurt us, Seahawks fans).
The Worst 2018 NFL Draft Hats
1. Buffalo Bills
— 𝚂𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛 𝙶𝚎𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@Spencito_) April 11, 2018
We desperately wanted to like this design, but it's just too confusing. Learn from the Bills, and don't overcomplicate your designs. We like the inside slogan choice, though.
2. Miami Dolphins
In case you wanted to see what the Dolphins' 2018 NFL Draft hat will look like, well, here you go. pic.twitter.com/yE432NjOI6
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) April 10, 2018
Not everything needs a hashtag, Dolphins. It's a shame because the shadow font choice and color scheme are actually really great.
3. Chicago Bears
— Joe Ostrowski (@JoeOstrowski) April 11, 2018
We think the Bears made their design a little too busy. That's a lot of text for the front of the hat, and the mascot looks awkward in the middle of the text like that.
4. New York Jets
What do you think of this Jets’ draft night hat? pic.twitter.com/TsSLvoFx3w
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 10, 2018
We get it, you're the Jets. Not pictured: the inside brim text says "Jet Up." We think the Jets could have gotten a little more creative with their draft hat design.
5. Denver Broncos
We have a problem with the mascot and the text. It just looks too busy, and the overlap isn't great.
There's definitely some takeaways with this class of draft hats. First, keep your design simple. There's no need to add a ton of text with an awkwardly overlapping logo. Second, get a little creative. The fans love inside references, and fun slogan ideas.Third, the shadow fonts really pop, and we think they're winners.