DL Carriker writes about his Pro Day experience, and his Draft Day. He was a former first round pick, and goes very in-depth, which makes this new blog article in my opinion, his best yet.
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An athlete’s resumé in everything on tape. From your true freshman year to your last year, nothing is more important than what is on film! Also, the way an athlete treats people and their reputation as a person can either come back to haunt them in the Draft process or can be recognized as a positive thing. This all depends on individual character. This is anywhere from a three to five-year process during college, until you declare for the draft. So, it takes a long time.
Here is my draft story: My first two years at Nebraska I spent trying to earn a starting defensive end spot. By my sophomore year, I had earned that spot. Going into my junior year, I was a returning starter and expectations grew. Four games into my junior year, I already had four sacks and I started to hear rumors about how I was going to declare early into the draft. Everyone kept asking me if I was going to leave early. To be completely honest with all of you, I hadn’t even thought about it for one second to that point. I decided to see how the year played out and then decide. I had a really good year, and then I took some time to make my mind up. I discussed it over with some trusted loved ones, and then I decided to go back to Nebraska for my senior year. I had another solid year as a senior. I had officially typed up and completed my resumé so-to-speak. The NFL now looked at me and they could analyze as they saw fit. I shortened my career at Nebraska down to one paragraph, but trust me, a lot of blood sweat and tears went into those years. Like I said before, your college tape is by far the most important thing to NFL talent evaluators.
After my last game, which was the Cotton Bowl, I traveled to Houston where I trained for my all-star game (I was invited to play in the Senior Bowl). I also trained for the Combine and for my Pro Day. Workouts were twice a day for about two hours each. It was exhausting to say the least. Athletes are provided their meals, which are off course terrible in taste, but high in nutrients. I trained in Houston for three months.
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