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There is a never ending amount of conjecture leading up to the NFL Draft about what goes on inside the draft rooms that it’s easy to forget what the actual prospects are going through.
From the moment the final whistle blows in that last game of the college football season, those players projected to be selected in the seven rounds over the next three days will have experienced the ultimate roller-coaster ride. Some have played in all-star games before joining the others that have been poked and prodded at the NFL Scouting Combine and again at their pro days and official visits.
The number of prospects invited to New York City to be on site inside Radio City Music Hall when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reads their names off of cards has grown in recent years. This time around the league brought in 24 of the top prospects to participate in some pre-scheduled events starting yesterday and then tonight they will take their places inside the infamous Green Room backstage. It’s there where they are at the mercy of the 32 teams picking.
“I don’t remember how long it was, maybe an hour-and-a-half before I got picked or whatever it was and it felt like an eternity,” said Miami Dolphins quarterback
Since Tannehill did make the trip from his home state of Texas, he didn’t have much time after he arrived to over-think the process.
“I was excited,” he said. “I didn’t really know what was going to happen but in New York they keep you busy. You’re going from one event to the next so you don’t have time to think about too much.”
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“You’re definitely pretty nervous,” Martin said. "You put so much preparation into the draft, the Combine and team visits and you really have no idea what’s going to happen on Draft Day. So it’s definitely nerve-racking, but once you finally hear your name called and get the phone call from the GM it’s definitely a really good feeling.”
“It was hard. I wasn’t expecting to get drafted,” Soliai said. “I thought that because I didn’t play four years on the d-line I wouldn’t be drafted, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. I was just hoping I would get another opportunity, so when I was drafted by the Dolphins I felt blessed.”
Three years later, another former Ute, linebacker
“I was in Utah and a bunch of family flew out there. We had a lot of people together at a hotel in one of their big rooms,” Misi said. “We were just watching the draft on TV and I think my dad got the phone call, and everybody was screaming when they heard my name on the TV so I couldn’t really hear what they were saying on the phone. I didn’t know who I was talking to, but the feelings you get from hearing your name on TV is crazy. I don’t know how to explain the feeling, but it was a good feeling.”
Sometimes the players find out the news about where they are headed before that team can deliver the news. That was the case with Pro Bowl left guard
“My call came after I had seen my name come across the television screen,” said Incognito, who also played for the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Dolphins in March of 2009. “My agent texted me and told me St. Louis was going to select me and then I saw my name on the screen and then I got a call from the head coach, Mike Martz. It was exciting. It was a new chapter in my life and it was a really cool day that I spent with my family and friends.”
With so much time to pass between 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday night at 6 p.m., when the final pick – Mr. Irrelevent – is announced, there is no shortage of funny stories that will develop. Some players grow paranoid about missing that all-important call and take extreme measures to make sure they are present, while others don’t want to be bothered with the crowd of friends and family hovering over the television.
“I went back home to L.A. and watched with my family,” said cornerback
“I was sitting at home and I had a bunch of family members and friends come over. All I had heard is that I could go anywhere from four to wherever,” said tight end
Neither will the Class of 2013.