NFL Draft requires big suits for big men

CREATED May 7, 2014

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When the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night, the NFL's newest stars will walk across the stage and greet Commissioner Roger Goodell with a handshake and a big hug, each of them dressed in a snappy designer suit.

But to make sure each of them looks good, you have to do quite a bit of extra work.
 
"Sometimes two tape measures have to be used at one time." says Dennis Ervin, Sales and Marketing Director for Squire Fine Men's Apparel in Brookfield.
 
"These guys have necks that are 25 inches, 28 inches. They're massive."
 
Ervin is fully equipped to handle the job, though. He's made suits for former Wisconsin Badgers linemen Chris McIntosh and Joe Panos. Ervin says making a nice suit for a big guy is more than just getting the measurements right.
 
"We steer clear of larger patterned things. Anything that would have a pattern to it would be a little more subtle," he says.
 
Other than that, you just have to be ready for when an NFL-sized human being walks into your store.
 
"Pull out your measuring tape and sometimes it takes as long as 45 minutes to an hour to measure them," says Ervin.