The ‘It Me’ Podcast: What’s It Like For A Prospect Going Through The NFL Draft Process?

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Think about what you were doing when you got out of school. You maybe had an internship. You lived at home for while. Or you were one of the lucky ones with a job awaiting you that you could slide right into and get comfortable.

Now think about those in the purgatory of finishing their college football career and waiting for the NFL Draft. There’s a lot that goes into it, every tiny moment potentially having an impact on where they’ll live, how much they’ll earn, and their ultimate future in a sport that doesn’t leave a lot of room for error.

From picking an agent and lining up interviews with teams to workouts and nutrition, these months can be lonely and taxing on prospects. But we got a better sense of what it’s like in this week’s podcast from Michigan State quarterback Tyler O’Connor, UConn wide receiver Noel Thomas, and Rutgers safety Anthony Cioffi, who were open and honest about the steps they’re taking to live their dream

Among other things, we discussed:

  • Tyler working with other Spartans like Connor Cook, Kirk Cousins, and Drew Stanton to get ready for the Draft
  • That gray area between preparing for Pro Days and the Combine and showing what you can do on film
  • How to best represent yourself in interviews
  • Focusing singularly on workouts – and how lonely that gets
  • Their favorite college moments
  • Picking an agent

And more!

As always, comments and tweets are welcome. Subscribe to us on iTunes, too! You can find Robby at (@rkalland) and Martin at (@martinrickman). Tyler is at (@tyleroconnor7). Noel is at (@NoelThomas05) And Anthony is at (@Acioffi06). Sports are great and so are friends, but sports are always better with friends.

Special thanks to the band Annabel for our intro and outro music. They’re really good. You should buy their music at their website or perhaps see them play a show some time.