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PHOTOS: 2014 NFL Draft hat has light-sensitive brim

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

As Tavon Austin found out in 2013, everyone has to wear a draft hat. (USATSI)
As Tavon Austin found out in 2013, everyone has to wear a draft hat. (USATSI)

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You can't have an NFL Draft without an official NFL Draft hat. Well, you can, but it's not as exciting.

The draft hat is one of the key components of the NFL Draft. Every player who gets selected in the first-round gets three things: a jersey, a hat and a giant hug from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

If you take any of those three things out, it just wouldn't be the draft. New Era unveiled the official 2014 draft hat on Monday to USA Today's For The Win blog.

The craziest part of the hat is definitely the brim. We don't usually write much about brims here, but with these hats, we have too.

Apparently, the brims are light-sensitive. According to FTW, if the brims are around a bright light source, they'll reflect a mosaic consisting of the team logo. When there's no bright light source to reflect, the brims will appear gray. You can see the Texans and Broncos hats below. To see a few more hats, you can go to FTW.

This is what the official 2014 draft hat looks like for the Broncos and Texans. (New Era/FTW)
This is what the official 2014 draft hat looks like for the Broncos and Texans. (New Era/FTW)

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