Veterans have one focus in draft

Fans look to the future, but most players are interested in self-preservation

Originally Published: April 17, 2012
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

"All I care about is whether or not they take somebody at my position."

During my seven-year stint as an NFL player, that was my honest answer when family and friends asked whom my team should draft or whom I thought it would draft. After a few years, they knew better than to ask.

If a fan or a stranger asked, I had to be a bit more diplomatic so that I wouldn't seem self-centered or not enough of a team player. A lot of fans just don't grasp the independent contractor nature of ...

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