Draft Day

Synopsis: It's draft day in the NFL and as general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny is forced to come up with a big move. After trading for the number one pick, Sonny has to choose between a lower-ranked linebacker with a questionable past or a celebrated quarterback with a questionable future. All the while, Sonny is walking in the footsteps of his father and personal complications force their way to the surface.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Ivan Reitman
Production: Summit Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


Thirty-two teams, seven rounds,

224 young men who, today,

are about to become players in

the National Football League.

A day where lives are changed,

fates are decided,

dynasties are born,

and the clock is always ticking.

Of course,

I'm talking about...


Yes, sir.


What is it?

He's waiting in his office.

What time is it?


What are we gonna do with it?

Well, we've gone over

this a lot, Walt.

I'm really nervous about

trading away the top pick.

Callahan could be huge.

That's true.

But it might be worth it if

someone's willing to give us

their weight in gold to get him.

What'd the Rams get

when they traded away

number two overall

to the Redskins a few years back?

Three number one picks

and a number two.

Well, sh*t, that'd work for me.

Nobody's offering us that, Walt.


Do you want the entire city of

Seattle calling for our heads

because we didn't pick Bo Callahan?

Our fans know a good deal

when they see one, Tom.

Which is why we're not even

gonna think about doing this

unless we can find someone...

Stupid enough to give

us more than he should.



who's the most desperate

guy you know?

We got a fun one

today, don't we, fellas?

Boom, more intrigue this year

than I can remember in a long time.

There's no intrigue

at the number one pick.

Bo Callahan, Wisconsin Badger,

overall number one to Seattle.

That's gotta be a slam dunk.

We haven't had a

quarterback like this

enter the Draft since Andrew Luck.

Right, so you got

the Heisman Trophy winner

going to the Seahawks.

But what about the other 31 teams?

What are they gonna do?

Who you lookin' at today, Jon? Mel?

I think it's Cleveland

at number seven.

Sonny Weaver Jr., he's gotta have

a lot on his mind this year.

I'm with Mel.

As we all know, Sonny's dad, former

Browns coach Sonny Weaver Sr.,

he's a legend in Cleveland,

he died last week.

This kid, Ray Jennings,

Heisman Trophy finalist his senior year.

2,159 combined yards,

running the ball,

catching the ball, 22 touchdowns.

He's looking to take

it to the house.

The only downfall is this guy

got into a little skirmish.

Assault and battery, landed

a kid in the hospital.

But guess what? He was a

model citizen up until then.

And you guys know me.

I'm all about values.

And this kid's number

two on my board.

And when I look at that

incident, I kind of say, "Look.

"It's not medical,

it's not drug-related."

Good morning.

So if I got a kid at number two,

and he's slidin' down

towards number seven...

You look nice.

Are you gonna say anything to me?

Anything at all?

Well, it's big.

It's a pretty big thing

we're talkin' about here.


You can understand why

this week, of all weeks,

I might feel just a

little conflicted about

the news I'm suddenly

gonna be a dad.

I know.

Sh*t timing.



Where are you goin'?

I need to go to my

place before work.

Look, I'm, uh...


Hey, Tom. You're up early.

Well, it is Draft Day.

How're you doin'?

Uh... Well, I'm great.

I'm havin' a great day.

How 'bout you?

Well, I'm sittin' here,

eatin' my pancakes,

thinkin' about movin' number one.


Yeah, as you know, Connors did

a great job for us last year.

But Callahan looks like...

Well, hell, Sonny, he's gonna be

a franchise player for someone.

You'd consider a trade?

I'd consider the right one.

Well, Jesus, Tom, at least act

like you called me, all right?

What do you want for it?

I want your first pick this year,

your first-rounder next year,

and your third-rounder

the year after that.

Ouch. Ouch. No, thanks.

I know what it sounds like...

It sounds like you're trying

to take advantage of me.

I would never do that.

Your seventh pick gives you, what?

A running back with a rap sheet?

You don't know who I'm

pickin' seven, Tom.

I'm not gonna sell the

farm for one guy.


You should. Your farm sucks.

Pick number one.

Get Bo Callahan.

I got a quarterback.

Brian Drew?

Are you talking about Brian Drew?

Jesus, you're hilarious.

Guy barely made it

through half the season

before gettin' injured last year.

I have the golden ticket, Sonny.

If I give it to you, you get

to save football in Cleveland.

You have 10 seconds, but

then I gotta go to work.

Enjoy your pancakes, Tom.

Folks, I believe

the word "Clevelander"

comes from the Latin word that means

"to have idiotic hope at all time,"

and don't we ever?

We don't have beaches and

beautiful weather and sunshine

and hot babes

roller-skating all over.

You know what we've got?

We got our sports teams.

And that's the only hope we have.

Let me explain to you.

Football was invented 20 miles

down the road in Canton, Ohio.

This is a football town.

It's in our DNA.

No doubt about it.

To me, losing the team altogether,

having the team go and move to

Baltimore, go there and win,

that was so painful for the town.

And then the new expansion

franchise having to come back in.

One of the amazing

things to me is that,

in the midst of all of this losing,

people are still hopeful that...

- Yeah.

- ...eventually, this is going to be our year.

Maybe to a fault, with the hope.

But that's really all we have.

- Because this is a sports town.

- And I want Sonny Weaver to know...

Sonny, I hope you're listening.

You better be.

Can you please do somethin' tonight

to turn this thing around?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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