I worked out for a few days last week, then I decided to go ahead and drive home so I could rest some before the draft begins. I plan to watch it on TV at the house. My mom will be in town for my graduation a few weeks from now, so she won't be coming here to watch with us, but I'm sure that we'll stay in touch most of the weekend.
I continue to feel optimistic about my chances in the draft. The workout at Halas Hall went well and I think that the Bears know what I can do. The Patriots are still interested, I believe, and they pick just ahead of Chicago in two rounds so it will be interesting to see what will happen with that. Really, I'd be thrilled to be playing just about anywhere in the NFL. It's all about getting the opportunity. If I end up in Chicago, however, that would be a real plus.
There has been a lot more media coverage recently. One of my friends heard me discussed on sports talk radio the other day. I was also on Pro Football Weekly's website and in several Chicago papers as well as the paper in Albuquerque. This will probably continue through this weekend, and get crazier if I am drafted.
I don't mind all the interviews. At this point in time, nobody has anything bad to say about me, so it's really kind of pleasant. It isn't a problem always being asked about being Brian's older brother. That is what happens if your brother is big in the NFL. I could see that eventually, I'd want to be asked about something else, but right now it's fine.
So that's about all for this pre draft time. It's been an interesting run so far. Support from my family as well as from Chip Smith and the staff at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta has made all the difference. I am what I am today due in a large part to their efforts. From now on, there's not much else to do but to sit by the TV with my cell phone on and hope for the best. I'll let you know how it all turns out next week.
Beth Gorr contributed to this article.
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