Flopping is best known as a practice in basketball, but their gridiron counterparts turned in a pair of worthy entries for best flop of 2017 on Saturday.
First up is this beautiful entry from Vanderbilt offensive lineman Devin Cochran:
The Russian judge disapproves of the landing. pic.twitter.com/m3yCNOpfJX
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 30, 2017
This flop was caused by some initial contact, but don’t take for granted Cochran’s commitment to drawing the encroachment call. Most flops are necessary to get a favorable call, but this one was performed just for the love of the game — and that’s what makes it truly special.
Final grade: 8/10
To compete with Vanderbilt is North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb:
Flop of the year, Bradley Chubb pic.twitter.com/OoBNQAebnd
— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) September 30, 2017
Like the Vandy flop, this one is caused by some initial contact, but is enhanced by some truly amazing arm flailing. And then, just when you thought it was over, Chubb hit you with a roll over. And then more arm flailing. And then another roll. And then another one!
By the end of it, it was clear Chubb was in on the joke and kept up with the act for the memes — and we’re here for it.
Final grade: 7/10
Chubb loses points for an awful acting job on the front end, but recovers slightly by showing a remarkable amount of self-awareness by the end of it. Still, it’s not enough to eclipse the pure commitment to the craft shown by Vanderbilt’s Devin Cochran.
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