New Era has long overseen the designs of the official draft-day cap for the NFL, and this year the hat group has integrated local flags of each city into individual team hats, which go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 2.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been disappointed with recent draft hats. Last year’s featured “Broncos Country” on the front, but while it’s a great team slogan, wearing it on a hat wasn’t anything that got me truly excited to own one. There have also been color splotch hats, hats with the city’s name underneath, hats with gimmicky color layouts, but, in my opinion, the 2006 white hat that was near perfection.
2006 was a banner year for draft hats, not quarterbacks... But I digress, how does this year’s rank? The 2019 draft hat integrates the Denver city flag into the design. I applaud the designers for their refreshing originality. As someone who grew up in and around Denver the nod to the Mile High City resonates with me to some degree, but not nearly as much as if it had featured the Colorado state flag. I know, it’s Denver Broncos, Jess, not Colorado Broncos... Does it really matter?
The only legitimate problem I have with the hat is that it’s too damn tall. I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but there is only so much space from where my ears begin and the top of my head. If hats continue to follow this trend, I’ll soon have to tuck my ears inside of it to get it to sit right.
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