Connor Prepping for the Draft

With the NFL Draft coming up fast, former PSU linebacker Dan Connor is on a whirlwind schedule preparing for the event. Catch up with Connor here as he talks about his preparations.

Dan Connor is now based in Miami working out for the NFL Draft at Perfect Competition. "I am here with about 20 other NFL guys," Connor explained. "Here I work on every aspect of my game. One day we're on footwork, the next were working speed, the next agility, the next technique. The entire time I am conditioning and lifting, too. It's pretty intense."

Though Connor has spoken with a variety of teams on the phone, he recently started making in-person visits. Last week he met with the New Orleans Saints. "It was my first face-to-face sit-down [meeting]. I have talked with tons of [NFL representatives] on the phone, but this was much different than I expected," Connor told us. "It was very laid back. What is interesting is that they knew everything about me — my abilities, my stats, my entire bio.

"The entire session was relaxed, though. It was focused on getting comfortable with the coaches, from my position coach to the head coach and ownership."

On Thursday, Connor was getting ready to catch a plane as we caught up with him. "I am headed to Atlanta now to go meet with the [Falcons]."

We also talked with Connor about the torn ACL current PSU linebacker Sean Lee sustained last Friday. "Yeah, I talked to Sean. It's a tough break, but he's a fighter. He'll be OK and he'll do whatever he needs to to help the team. That is just the kind of guy he is."

On a related note, Connor will be honored by and Penn's Civilians at the latter's banquet Friday at 6 p.m. at The Penn Stater on the PSU campus. Connor has been named 2007 Fans' Choice Defensive MVP, an award voted on by fans and presented by FOS and Penn's Civilians.

Connor expressed regret at not being able to attend the banquet due to his travels involved with preparing for the NFL Draft. But he was extremely honored to have won the award.

"Being named MVP of your team is a big deal, but having the fans name you their Most Valuable Player is a huge deal and something I am very proud of," he said.

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