Well, it's getting closer now. I've been watching the draft on television as long as I can remember. It's strange in a way to be part of things this time around. My plans for that weekend are to return to Chicago and spend some time with my friends and family. My mom told me that she has a big party planned. So I guess I'll be involved with that while the selections are being announced.
It's just about impossible at this point to have any idea where I'll go or what team might be interested. I had a workout a few weeks ago for the Rams. The RB coach came here to take a look at what I could do. It was just the basic drills. The whole thing lasted about 35 minutes. It's not that long to show what you can do so you can imagine the pressure is pretty intense for that period of time. I haven't heard much since then so I'll have to wait and see how things turn out.
I'm taking a break right now, seeing my friends and relaxing a little. It's a long overdue vacation. Looking back at my football career recently, I realized that this is the first time that I've taken any kind of a break from workouts in a long, long time. All that I'm doing is lifting weights each day. Other than that, it's a chance to let my mind and my body settle down a little. I figure that when and if I am picked, those workouts are going to have to start out again at a level of high intensity.
Football has given me wonderful opportunities thus far. I am really looking forward to getting the chance to keep contributing to a team. I think that I do have skills that will translate well to the NFL. I'm pretty fast and I think I have a good eye for the ball. My stats over the past four years have been solid and I think I've shown marked improvement during the past season. I just want what every college player wants, a chance to go with the pros.
People ask me how I will get through the uncertainty of draft weekend. I really don't know at this point. I'm sure that it will be stressful to wait by the phone wondering which team might call. I think that is a situation where my father can help me. He's been through all of this before and he knows how things work.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have come this far. Even being considered by an NFL team is a great honor. I am confident in my abilities and I have the complete support of my family and friends. We'll wait and see what happens and hope for the best.
Beth Gorr contributed to this story.