Badgers in the Draft: Jim Sorgi

This weekend's NFL Draft cannot come soon enough for former Wisconsin quarterback

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Jim Sorgi could do without the anxiety. He has been avoiding television. He is trying to avoid all the talk amongst family and friends. But there is little avoiding what is on everyone's mind.


"I've got cousins and uncles and my dad all watching the draft special," Sorgi said recently in a phone interview from his home in Michigan. "And they are always on the computer searching or something like that and you get all the rankings like, you know, ‘you are one of the top 15 quarterback so you have a really good chance of getting drafted.' And everybody will call and tell me that. And then Mel Kiper says I'm a sleeper on ESPN's draft special so everybody calls and tells me that. It's like, ‘well thanks, thanks for the information and now I'm going to go back to doing what I do and not paying any attention to what everybody's saying.'"


Sorgi worked out in Madison up until a few weeks ago, when he moved back home to be with his family. There have been birthdays, Easter and even his grandparents' anniversary to celebrate in that time, but those have been furtive distractions compared to the almighty draft.


"It is pretty tough, especially being back home in Michigan," Sorgi said. "All you really have to do is lift and throw and wait. That makes for a lot of hours in the day unaccounted for. Most of those hours it is just sitting there thinking about what is going to happen."


And for Sorgi, what is going to happen is a wide question indeed. Collecting information from NFL teams and various draft reports, he has heard he could be selected as early as the third round or he might not be drafted at all.


"You can do a lot of speculating about where you are going to have to be in a week," Sorgi said. "It is tough. It is like your life is about to change and you don't know which direction it is going to change in.


"It's like the feeling you get before a game. You're not sure what's going to happen but you are excited to go out there and play. Sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it doesn't. So it is kind of like that feeling. It is like you are getting ready to go out there and play a big game and hopefully go out there and throw five touchdowns and hopefully you don't go out there and throw two picks. But you never know what's going to happen."


Sorgi, though, takes some solace in the fact that "15-16" teams have called him this week.


"They are calling," he said, "and saying, ‘Are you healthy? Where are you going to be on draft day? What is the phone number going to be? How are you feeling? Good luck. We're interested. We have to see how the draft goes. You are in our plans.'


"They give you hope but then you just don't know what's going to happen.  If a certain team drafts one guy and then another team's plans change. But it's been kind of encouraging."


Sorgi is also encouraged by a pair of 2003 sixth-round draft picks. Brooks Bollinger, Sorgi's predecessor as Wisconsin's signal caller, was selected with the 200th overall pick and is preparing for his second season as a backup for the New York Jets.


Sorgi's father works with the father of Dave Kircus, a receiver out of Grand Valley State, whom the Detroit Lions selected 175th overall last year.


Sorgi has spoken with Kircus, who assured him that the he went through the same process last year, fielding calls from prospective employers and being relegated to waiting.


"He gave me some encouragers," Sorgi said. "He was like, ‘I've watched you play, I've watched film and I think you're NFL material. So I'm pretty sure you'll be getting a call.' That's kind of good to hear that from a guy who's made it."


Sorgi's childhood dream of making it in professional athletics is fast approaching.


"You know what? It is actually starting to sink in," he said. "I don't think it will sink in until actually I report to that team, but being something, as a little kid just wanting to be a professional athlete, it didn't matter which sport—football, basketball or baseball.


"Being an NFL football player, it is starting to be a reality instead of a dream. (It is) something that I've worked hard to accomplish and I'm going to enjoy it."


Saturday Sorgi plans to hit the links to get his mind off the draft.


"I'm going to bring my cell phone with me and leave my dad at home," Sorgi said. "He is in his own little world right now. I think he's more nervous than I am. I'm trying to put it out of my mind. He says he can't. So I'm going to leave him at home with the home phone and I'm going to go play a little golf with a couple of my uncles and a couple friends. Just kind of keep my mind off it and keep the ringer on high just in case the phone rings.


"But on Sunday I'm going to play a little more attention. I'm going to sit at home with the phones by me and just kind of stare. Kind of spend the day in agony until I get my name called."


"I'm going to enjoy this weekend," Sorgi added. "I'll probably have, whatever happens, a little party with the family. Just kind of celebrate if everything goes well. Then starting Monday just figuring out where I've got to be, when I've got to be."


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