Jim Wyatt, Senior Writer/Editor, TitansOnline.com
The NFL Draft is one week from today. Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo and DeMarco Murray this week discussed their draft day memories.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NFL Draft kicks off one week from today in Philadelphia.
It’s a big day for teams and fans, and a special day for the players selected, and their respective families.
Here’s a look at draft day memories from three Titans:
Player: Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey.
When picked: Third round, 77th overall.
Memories: “For me, I was back at the house stressing out. Once those first two rounds went by, I didn’t know what was about to happen after that. Really, it was a stressful day for me. But when that call came, it was full of joy and I just knew I was going to make everybody pay for passing up on me. And that is definitely what I have tried to do and will continue to try and do every time I step on that field. … If you are not a Tennessee Titan quarterback, I am coming for you.”
Player: Linebacker Brian Orakpo.
When picked: First round, 13th overall (by the Redskins).
Memories: “It was the time of my life. You work so hard to get to that point and you finally hear your name called. For me, it was almost like relief. You go through the combine, you go through the draft meetings, the individual private workouts, the whole nine yards. And you finally hear your name called and it is a big day for you and your family. You finally know which team you are going to be playing for and you are ready to get to work and prove your worth to all the veterans on the team. It definitely means a lot. … (My advice to guys) is to enjoy the process. Don’t get too high or too low, just sit there and enjoy the process and don’t worry about when or where you are going to be called. It is all God’s plan.”
Player: Running back DeMarco Murray.
When picked: Third round, 71st overall (by the Cowboys).
Memories: “I was around my family. You get a chance to enjoy that moment with the people you love and care about. Obviously you don’t know where you are going to end up. You are just hoping to get an opportunity. I was fortunate to get drafted by the Cowboys, and it’s a great feeling. Obviously you are stressing the whole time and you are stressing the whole time and you are scared and you don’t know what the situation is going to be. But I was able to get around a group of guys and men I was able to learn from. It is definitely something you will never forget. It is a great experience. (My advice) would be to take it one day at a time. You don’t know where you are going to end up, but whenever you get drafted or whenever you get the phone call you immediately have to go to work and come in there with a chip on your shoulder and come in there ready to work and definitely you have to earn the respect of the guys in the locker room. Nothing is going to be given to you no matter what you did in college, no matter how many yards or records you had broken, what kind of guy you were. All of that, once you get drafted, once you enter these doors, you are just a rookie and you are a guy who is trying to make the roster, trying to make an impact on the football team.”