It’s an annual tradition for the NFL to release special draft hats for each NFL team in celebration of April’s event. Is it a shameless cash grab by the league? Probably. But it’s also an opportunity for fans to grab some Detroit Lions swag that’s different from the usual offerings.
There doesn’t seem to be a cohesive theme to this year’s hats, although some teams got some region-specific flair added to the logo. (UPDATE: It appears, actually, that all of these hats are based on state flags. Some are more obvious than others) For example, there’s this—let’s call it interesting—combination of the North and South Carolina flags for the Panthers hat:
I haven't stopped laughing at this one for 5 minutes. pic.twitter.com/369OPlgTYz— Kyle Crabbs (@GrindingTheTape) April 2, 2019
The Detroit Lions have a localized twist to their draft hats, as well. While on the surface it looks like a more nationalized theme of America...
... this is actually a play on the official City of Detroit flag:
It’s the City of Detroit flag. I think it’s cool. pic.twitter.com/Nc2z5y0uPp— Tom Bagwell (@tb4liberty) April 2, 2019
New Era is also offering this alternate version that certainly leans more patriotic.
Personally, while I appreciate the honoring of the city of Detroit, the design just doesn’t do it for me. I personally prefer simplicity over details, and this just looks a little messy to me.