Draft Day! An inside look.

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  1. Blackattack87

    Blackattack87 First In Last Out

    Feb 11, 2012
    NFL Network followed several prospective draftees in the days and hours leading up to the NFL draft. These are their stories......

    Trae Landry gets off the the airplane at JFK. His 2 hour flight from Tallahassee was bumpy.."Man I don't be liking that turbulence, ya know what I'm saying", Landry proclaims as he walks thru the terminal. To say he has an entourage is an understatement. Landry has already been told by the Atlanta Falcons that he will be the number two pick, seeing reports that Brayden Coley will be taken by the 49ers at 1, and he has the swagger already that comes with it. Landry exits the United Terminal and he and his twenty or so underlings jump in the biggest hummer limo this reporter has ever seen.......

    Renardo Dotson is marveling at the New York skyline as he and his father take in a tour on the double decker bus as it putts around Manhattan. "Man this city is large yo! I mean large, but cold as hell!!" Dotson is a highly touted player from Michigan St and is expected to be drafted in the first round of a a good WR class. Dotson though thinks he is as good as Landry. "Aint nothing he can do that I cant."Dotson is not short on confidence as we pull up to ground zero. His arrogant demeanor changes in an instant when the freedom tower and reflection pools come into view. This somber scene can do that to the best of them.

    Ishmael Gonzalez flicks the ugly stick rod with deft ease just as he flicks the pigskin. Its a serene scene as the lure ploops in the water on misty Lake Thunderbird just southeast of Kalamazoo. The Shimano 3000 ultra light reel will surely be tested with the large mouth bass that lurk in this majestic body of water. He is where he loves to be. Fishing on the lake with his two younger brothers. Ishamel's father started this tradition when he was young and Gonzalez is keeping it alive with his younger siblings. Ishmael has taken on the role of father figure as the patriarch of the three died suddenly of a heart attack at 53. "My only regret is that my dad won't see me play in the NFL, I know he's watching tho." Gonzalez is reflective, very. This kid gets it at the young age of 22. I don't care who I play for, whoever drafts me will get the hardest working kid ever. I am excited.

    Antwaun Bullock is really good, and really fast. He is one of the top cornerbacks in the draft. He likes the fast lane with his clothes too. Currently we are in the upper west side of Manhattan and he is getting a suit tailored specifically for draft day. "I Like modern classic." says Bullock proudly. Whatever that is. He is looking at himself in the mirror intently. "This suit has to be perfect, ya feel me, perfect." The suit tho, I must say is impressive, has to be 5 grand but doesn't hold a candle to the gaudy blinding watch he has on his wrist. " I know Denario Daniel is good. But I feel I'm an overall more better corner. " He blurts this statement out as though he was asked, but he wasn't, I guess he just assumes at some point someone will ask him. So I guess maybe he is rehearsing. He says this all the while never taking his eyes away from the mirror.

    Jarrick Anderson was not even going to attend the draft. As a matter of fact it wasn't until a few days before the draft that he was even projected to be drafted on the first day. But late rumors about certain players has them dropping and now rumors are that he could be taken by the Lions at #5 . He shattered records at Wisconsin and the fact that a Lions team jet was seen at the airport in Milwaukee last week has the draft pundits buzzing. "All this new attention is overwhelming, I just want to be able to show people I can play, I will work hard and do my best."...This kid breeds humility. Easy to see as the son of a goat farmer from the beautiful Poconos of northeastern Pennsylvania. His father is now a prominent preacher in the baptist church and Jarrick has pretty much been the model kid growing up..

    DRAFT DAY..........

    The crowd is going crazy as Roger Goodell introduces the draft. The families and players crowd the green room backstage as the excitement mounts...As expected, Trae Landry doesn't have to wait long. With the second pick of the 2015 draft...>The Atlanta Falcons select......Trae Landry WR Florida St University. The crowd goes wild. Landry puts down his cell phone and is almost tackled by his exuberant mother, a group family hug proceeds, pure joy from the inner city kid from Philly. He is all smiles as he walks to the podium and bear hugs the commish.

    Picks three and four go by . Everyone knew that the Bucs would take a CB and the fact that it isn't Antwaun Bullock isn't sitting well with him. He is clearly bothered but he is putting on a good face with the cameras pointing at him...

    Detroit holds the 5th pick. The rumors are Detroit will take Jarrick Anderson. Mel Kiper and McShay can be heard debating that at 5 it would be a reach for Jarrick here. The camera switches back to the green room and Jarrick's phone has just rang.... A big smile overcomes him. This looks like it could be it.... Goodell comes to the podium. With 5th pick in the 2015 draft, The Detroit Lions select Jarrick Anderson middle linebacker Wisconsin. Wow there it is!!! Cheers and gasps abound as he goes 5th overall!

    Wait a minute we are at pick 12 and there is a buzz overtaking the crowd. I see the experts pressing on their ear pieces. ...The Tennesee Titans have this pick. QB is clearly a need here......Yes, Ishamel Gonzalez is at his table tears streaming down his face his two younger brothers and mom are bawling. What a touching moment. He is on the phone. He was just heard saying... Thank you Coach Bruce, I will make u proud. He looks skyward and mutters something we can only imagine is to his late father. A private moment indeed. Ishmael Gonzalez is a Tennessee Titan.

    Picks 12, 13, 14, go by. Antwaun Bullock is looking nervous. He is biting his nails and looks uncomfortable. He undoubtedly thought he would be gone by now. Pick 15 comes and goes and nothing. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock.... Here comes Goodell.....With the 16th pick in the 2015 draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select....>Antwaun Bullock Cornerback UCLA. There u go! You can never predict what happens here! Bullock puts his face in his hands and his dad grabs him yelling.: I told you man!" I told you'!!.. Bullock has a huge sense of relief. He is practically jogging towards Goodell to get his cap and pose for the photo. Its been a long journey for the young man from Compton, California and an even longer more exciting journey awaits him..

    The mood is not good, not good at all for Renardo Dotson, he has had WR's go before him. He is clearly despondent thinking now he may slip to the second round. .. Dotson has been escorted to a private room backstage to save the kid any more embarrassment.. Pick 28 is up and the Broncos are on the clock.... Most think they will go QB here so lets see....With the 28th pick of the 2015 draft the Denver Broncos select.......Renardo Dotson WR..Michigan St......Finally, Finally. It was a long wait but way worth it as Dotson has been drafted by the AFC West juggernaut. The cameras catch him as he exits the private room. He defiantly talks to the camera. " Gonna prove all yall wrong that passed on me! Belee dat!!" .......As he swags his way thru radio city music hall.

    So there you go. These five men and their journey to the NFL has begun. Where it will take each one of them is anyone's guess. There are many paths one can take in their nomadic trek through an NFL career, and there are many variables to take into account. Skill, luck, opportunity, timing, just to name a few. We wish these men luck in their quest....

    Blackmon Jamison......NFL Network
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
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  2. Kasper

    Kasper Mr. Embolo

    Apr 12, 2010
    Need more stuff like this! Great job BlackAttack!
  3. BRUCE80

    BRUCE80 Let the dirt just shower over you..

    Feb 11, 2009
    Simply awesome man. Thanks for doing that.
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