SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — ESPN announced Thursday that it has collaborated with Marvel on comic book covers featuring a number of NFL Draft prospects. A Twitter feed of these comic book covers was released by ESPN’s PR team.
The first comic book cover features San Diego State punter Matt Araiza working with the superhero Thor. The comic referred to Araiza as “El Dios Del Despeje”, which roughly translates from Spanish to “The God of the Barque”.
Araiza replied to the comic’s cover tweet saying, “Thanos is ruined.” According to NFL.com, Araiza is expected to be a 3rd round pick, which is unusually high for a bettor.
Comic book cover of North Carolina State offensive tackle Ickey Ekwonu pairs him with Hulk. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, according to his NFL draft profile.
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is paired with Captain America. He’s 6ft 7in and 260lbs – should be a top 10 pick overall.
Liberty quarterback Malik Willis comic is associated with Iron Man, and his jersey is colored in the superhero costume’s signature yellow and red. Willis should be one of the first quarterbacks taken in this draft.
The announcement comes on the day the 2022 NFL Draft is due to take place in Las Vegas – next to Caesars Forum located in the heart of the Strip. The first round of the draft is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the second and third rounds Friday at 4 p.m. Rounds four through seven begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The draft will be televised on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.