The first pen of steers at the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be the strongest of the three, averaging 515 pounds—some 60 pounds lighter than they were last year.
"After we went back and sorted, the guys were talking and said there wasn't a steer you wanted to stay away from," Bobby Joe Hill, owner of Hill Rodeo Cattle said. "But when the lights come on they could make me look stupid."
Here's how the draw shakes out for Round 1 of the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Jake Cooper and Caleb Anderson: 8
"He was medium both times they ran him through in this building."
Tyler Wade and Cole Davison: 15
"He was medium and he fades left just a little bit but will still give them a chance."
Tate Kirchenschlager and Tyler Worley: 12
"He was straight and medium both times."
Matt Sherwood and Hunter Koch: 13
"Same thing—medium and straight."
Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan: 14
"Medium, and steps to the right. He's one of my picks. He could win the round."
Luke Brown and Paul Eaves: 4
"Medium and straight both times."
Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp: 20
"Medium plus. Straight and a chance at the round."
Riley and Brady Minor: 17
"Medium, straight both times. He's a good chance."
Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison: 1
"Medium straight with a chance for the go-round."
Erich Rogers and Kyle Lockett: 3
"Medium, and steps to the right a little. He's a chance."
Ty Blasingame and Travis Graves: 55
"He will run. One of the stronger ones we moved up from the middle pen."
Clay Tryan and Jake Long: 40
"Another strong one."
Coleman Proctor and Ryan Motes: 18
"Medium and straight both trips."
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira: 23
"This is another we moved from the middle pen because he's stronger."
Clay Smith and Jade Corkill: 2
"This will be a medium steer with a good chance at the round on him."