Fake NFL draft prospect convinced fans in Nashville he was Packers' first-round pick

We admittedly didn’t watch enough tape of Boise State left tackle Deuce Dominguez prior to the 2019 NFL draft. Neither, apparently, did many fans who attended the draft this year in Nashville.

But there’s a good reason for that: Dominguez isn’t a real draft prospect. He just convinced a whole lot of draft fans that he was and that he was the Green Bay Packers’ newest first-round selection.

In a hilarious spoof video produced by House of Highlights, the 6-foot-6, roughly 270-pound Dominguez — who certainly looks the part in the bit — cruised around Nashville on draft weekend telling anyone who would listen that he just got selected 30th overall in Round 1 of the draft.

And many were willing to believe him. Give it a watch:

How they pulled off a fake NFL draft prospect

Dominguez (who says his real name is Nelson) was roped into playing the lead in the prank video by friends who worked for HOH. “I’m looking to head down to Nashville and pass myself off as an NFL draft prospect,” he said early in the video.

Rolling through airports, hotels and pre-draft events, Dominguez has the right look with the Boise State athletic gear and the proper number of handlers (and camera crew) following him around. Rubber-necking fans with cell-phone cameras at the ready were more than willing to stop him and ask for selfies. Many of them posted pictures with Dominguez to social media leading up to the first round.

All those bachelorette parties you heard about being ruined by the draft crashing their city? Not the ones who met Dominguez out and about. They got photos and videos with him and memories for a lifetime.

One fan sees him and shouts, “Get the [blank] out of here! Oh my god!”

Another fan thinks his Chicago Bears could use Dominguez’s help.

He signs footballs and hats.

A local Nashville TV station interviews him.

Even Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, on hand for the festivities, wishes Dominguez luck for the draft. And on and on it goes, with few — if any — questioning his legitimacy.

But the best part might be when Dominguez meets Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan and asks him for advice. Lewan suggests he purchase chewing tobacco as a way of bonding with his future NFL teammates. This is the behind-the-scenes stuff we need. Even if it’s not real.

With the 30th pick, the Packers select ...

Dominguez tells a man on an elevator that he was taken 30th overall by Green Bay. (Even funnier, that pick didn’t even end up in the Packers’ possession, as they traded it to move up and take Darnell Savage. The New York Giants selected Georgia CB Deandre Baker at 30, and Baker is about six inches shorter and at least 70 pounds lighter than Dominguez.)

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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the San Francisco 49ers selected Bosa in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the New York Jets selected Williams in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that Clemson's Clelin Ferrell was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kacey Reynolds, 19, announes that Louisiana State linebacker Devin White has been selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones poses with his new jersey after the New York Giants selected Jones in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Allen in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Detroit Lions selected Hockenson in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Buffalo Bills selected Oliver in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Michigan linebacker Devin Bush poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Bush in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Alabama tackle Jonah Williams takes the stage after the Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that Rashan Gary of Michigan will be headed to the Green Bay Packers during the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins poses with his new jersey after the Miami Dolphins selected Wilkins in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the Atlanta Falcons selected Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom during the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the Washington Redskins selected Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins during the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Florida State defensive end Brian Burns poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Carolina Panthers selected Burns in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The New York Giants selected defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the No. 17 pick.

(AP Photo/Jon Barash)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the Minnesota Vikings selected North Carolina State's Garrett Bradbury in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee high school football players join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as Goodell announces that the Tennessee Titans selected Mississippi State's Jeffery Simmons during the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Iowa tight end Noah Fant takes the stage after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Denver Broncos selected Fant in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Green Bay Packers selected safety Darnell Savage Jr. with the No. 21 pick.

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Washington State tackle Andre Dillard shows off his new jersey after the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Houston Texans selected offensive tackle Tytus Howard with the No. 23 pick.

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Alabama running back Josh Jacobs poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Oakland Raiders selected Jacobs in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Baltimore Ravens Brown selected in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Washington Redskins, from the Indianapolis Colts, selected defensive end Montez Sweat with the No. 26 pick.

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The Oakland Raiders, from the Dallas Cowboys, selected safety Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick.

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The Los Angeles Chargers selected defensive tackle Jerry Tillery with the No. 28 pick.

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The Seattle Seahawks, from the Kansas City Chiefs, selected defensive end L.J. Collier with the No. 29 pick.

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Georgia defensive back DeAndre Baker poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the New York Giants selected Baker in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Atlanta Falcons, from the Los Angeles Rams, selected defensive tackle Kaleb McGary with the No. 31 pick.

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The New England Patriots selected wide receiver N'Keal Harry with the No. 32 pick.

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Packers fans love the dude. He’s introduced at multiple bars, even during bands’ music sets, and they all assume he’s going to be protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blind side next season. We’d love to see the faces of those fans when they realize the Packers didn’t select any tackle, real or not, in this year’s draft.

A few bachelorettes — who claim to be Minnesota Vikings fans — even start chanting his name and following him around at a party. Rivalries are put on hold on draft weekend, apparently.

One girl who met Dominguez earlier in the day gave him a very friendly hug at a late-night party and sent him photos by text. You can only imagine where this might have gone.

It’s easy to see in this video how people in general want to be around celebrities, and that now pertains to NFL draft picks who have never played a down in the league. The event attracted a reported 600,000 fans, and there’s an allure in bumping into soon-to-be royalty.

“They were just looking for someone,” Dominguez said at the end of the video, and it’s insanely true.

And this is proof that the someone doesn’t even have to be a real player.

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