Moments after becoming the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dante Fowler Jr. arrived at his press conference. He opened with humility:
"I feel great," Fowler said Thursday night. "I'm humbled and blessed just to be here in Chicago."
This is perhaps an unexpected comment from a 20-year-old who wore a gold watch at the NFL combine.
On draft night, Fowler had another snazzy watch, this one a bit more complex than the one at the combine, but the rest of his attire was just as dazzling. The former Florida defensive end wore a white suit with red trim and a white bowtie. He also wore sparkling gold spikes on his shoes for the gold carpet.
"I'm a fashion guy, so that's one of my hobbies I like to do, just look at some things and stuff like that," Fowler said. "I always like these color combinations. This is a custom made suit by my fashion stylist, and I just wanted to wear white with a little bit of red, and I knew the whole time I was going to wear these gold shoes, so when that gold carpet came out, I was like, I'm just getting lucky."
Fowler's stylist selected his draft outfit, which isn't that surprising because if you're going to have a stylist, you should probably follow the advice given. Of course, not every draftee has his own stylist.
"Is that a bad thing?" he asked the media. "I just want to look as good as you guys."
The response was left with a mixture of laughs and grunts as media members took the comment two different ways.
Although Fowler decided to not wear the same watch on draft night as he did at the combine, he brought with him to Chicago.
"I've been wearing it up here the whole time," he said. "That's my lucky gold watch."
Looking fashionable is nice, but the Jaguars and their fans are probably more interested in his production. Fowler, who is 6-3 and 261 pounds, recorded 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his junior season at Florida.
Although he attended Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., before joining the Gators, Fowler did not grow up rooting for the Jaguars or Buccaneers.
"I actually grew up a Ravens fan," he said. "I started liking the Ravens just because of Ray Lewis, and that's a guy I always looked up to, so I followed him wherever he went. But Fred Taylor was my favorite running back, so I used to watch him a lot."
Come September, the fans in Jacksonville will be watching Fowler a lot. Expect some sparkle on and off the field.
-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.