When you start playing football as a kid, you think about what it might be like to get drafted by an NFL team someday. There comes a time in your high school career when you realize, “Hey, I’m pretty good!” and not only is college a realistic option for you, but maybe getting drafted isn’t just some childhood dream.
But then it happens. I was shocked, surprised and happy all at the same time. It was all these emotions just balled up into one. Then to go from hearing my name called to being at the Patriots facility in less than 12 hours?
It’s just a wonderful feeling that words can’t describe.
It was great to hear from a couple of my boys, former Dawgs now with the Patriots, after the draft. I got a tweet from Malcolm Mitchell that night. The next morning, I got a text from David Andrews, and I kind of got some knowledge from both of them.
I ran into Malcolm earlier in the day prior to my introductory press conference. We just started talking about how excited we are to be Dawgs and now Patriots. We also talked about the expectations that come with playing in New England. We just tried to throw it all into one conversation.
It’s going to be great going through the whole rookie experience with one of my good friends, teammates, and blockers from Georgia, Isaiah Wynn.
We were texting throughout the draft. We had a group chat, so we were texting the whole time. When he got the call he just shot out a one-word text—Patriots. I was like Really? Did they call you? I didn’t know what just Patriots meant.
I am beyond excited to be apart of such a great organization. The gravity of the situation, the importance and responsibility that comes with being drafted by a perennial Super Bowl contender is not lost upon me.
The fans, Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft— you don’t have anything to worry about from me. I’m going to make y’all proud!