NEW YORK – After struggling in the draft over the past few years, the Colts decided to try something drastically different in 2017: They let an orangutan make their picks during the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
To be fair, Rocky the orangutan didn’t actually decide who the Colts were taking. He just “announced” their picks on air in what will likely go down as the most entertaining moment in television history.
The Colts’ first pick on Saturday was the 137th overall pick, and Rocky was ready when the NFL Network cut to him to make the pick.
UPDATE: Orangutans are announcing selections now.
— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2017
Of course there were jokes, some at the expense of former general manager Ryan Grigson, who was fired in January.
That ape just helped the Colts' draft more than Ryan Grigson ever did.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 29, 2017
ut not everyone saw the humor in it, among them the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, who gave his employer a piece of his mind during the broadcast.
“If we’re going back to the zoo, I’m walking off the desk,” Mayock said, per Pro Football Talk. “I’ve about had the zoo, Okay? Enough. Enough. I mean, is this good TV?
“I think we’ve got to be a little respectful,” Mayock continued. “It’s a big day for Grover Stewart, and rather than talking about that chimp, let’s get back to some football here. It’s a big day for him.”
Seems like someone with the power to hire/fire has told the NFLN on-air crew to cease and desist the commentary about the remote locations.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 29, 2017