PORTLAND, Ore. (April 23, 2018) – With the 2018 NFL Draft set to begin in just three days, five hours, 55 minutes and 36 seconds, adidas Football today announced new partnerships with some of the top prospects and veteran athletes in the game.
Potential first round picks joining the adidas family include 2017 Hendricks (best defensive end) and Bronko Nagurski (best defender) Awards winner and first-team AP All-American (2017) defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State, two-time College Football Playoff National Champions (2015, 2017) and AP All-Americans (2017) linebacker Rashaan Evans and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from Alabama, AP All-American and first-team All-ACC (2017) safety Derwin James from Florida State, first-team All-Conference with over 1,000 receiving yards (2017) wide receiver Courtland Sutton from Southern Methodist University and All-SEC (2017) wide receiver Christian Kirk from Texas A&M.
Flanking the edges of the field, top wide receiver prospects singing with the three stripes brand include Biletnikoff Award winner for the nation’s top receiver (2017) and Unanimous All-American James Washington from Oklahoma State, Biletnikoff Award finalist (2017) and consensus All-American Michael Gallup from Colorado State, first-team All-Conference Cedrick Wilson from Boise State, Braxton Berrios from Miami, Trey Quinn from Southern Methodist University, J’mon Moore from Missouri, Deontay Burnett from USC and Jordan Lasley from UCLA.
On the other side of the ball, adidas is partnering with some of the most talented defensive backs on the draft board, including two-time College Football Playoff National Champion (2015, 2017) and All-SEC (2017) safety Ronnie Harrison from Alabama, first-team All-American Athletic Conference corner back Mike Hughes from Central Florida, second-team All-Conference (2017) corner back Donte Jackson from LSU, Unanimous All-American (2017) safety Deshon Elliott from Texas, Jaire Alexander from Louisville, M.J. Stewart from North Carolina, Holton Hill from Texas and Armani Watts from Texas A&M.
In the backfield, Rose Bowl MVP (2018) running back Sony Michel from Georgia, SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2017) Kerryon Johnson from Auburn, two-time College Football Playoff National Champion (2015, 2017) Bo Scarbrough from Alabama, finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's top all-purpose back (2017) and first-team All-ACC Nyheim Hines from North Carolina State, Kalen Ballage from Arizona State, Mark Walton from Miami and Jordan Wilkins from Ole Miss will make their pro debuts in the new adidas adizero 5-Star cleats.
Additionally, two veteran receivers have joined adidas Football, including 2017 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year and Pro Bowler Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers and Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings.
The newest members of the adidas family join a roster that includes 2017 NFL Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowler Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys, 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowler Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, two-time NFL MVP (2011, 2014) Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller of the Denver Broncos and Pro Bowlers DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans, Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins and Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, among others.