Buccaneers to deliver draft pick via parrot

Buccaneers to deliver draft pick via parrot
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to use a parrot to help deliver the name of their fourth-round draft pick on Saturday.

The NFL announced Monday that a parrot will deliver the team’s pick to an announce in the pirate ship in Raymond James Stadium.

The bird, named Zsa Zsa, is from the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, who broke the news on Twitter.

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While no other teams are going to the birds for Day 3 of the NFL draft, which kicks off with the first round on Thursday night, other teams will announce their picks for rounds four through six in unique ways:

The Minnesota Vikings will have members of the gold medal-winning U.S. men’s Olympic curling team announce picks from the St. Paul Curling Club.

The San Francisco 49ers’ picks will be announced from Lucasfilm, where Ron Howard and “Star Wars” characters such as Chewbacca, Stormtroopers and RD-D2 will make picks along with the SFPAL’s 49ers prep flag football team.

Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team will announce the Miami Dolphins’ picks with the family of late football coach Aaron Feis, who was one of the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida, school in March.

The Cleveland Browns will have their picks announced at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, by Hall of Fame President David Baker and youth football players.

Boomer Esiason and high school football players will make the picks for the New York Jets from The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

Former Raven and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and high school football players will make the Baltimore Ravens picks from the USS Constellation.

Buffalo Bills legend Thurman Thomas will announce the team’s picks along with youth flag football players from Niagara Falls.

Visit NFL.com to see more teams’ plans for Day 3 of the NFL draft on Saturday.

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