Hello all. The draft is only nine days away and this has been a busy few weeks. I'm excited about the visits that I've been making and have had the chance to meet some excellent coaches and front office people.
Last week, I visited with Philadelphia, Buffalo and New England. This week, I have traveled to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The feedback has been good with the teams, and I feel much more comfortable interacting in person than taking a written exam. I know that some teams have wondered about my ability to learn a new system, and all I can say is, I'll do whatever it takes to be the best player that I can be. If that means that it requires more time watching film, reading the playbook or spending time with the coaches, I'll do that.
I am the first to say that I may not be great at everything, but football is something that is important to me, and I realize that to be a dominant football player in the NFL, it's going to require a lot of hard work and commitment. I love playing football and it's hard to believe that a team is actually going to pay me to play for them. I'll have the best job in the world.
Playing for the Sooners has helped me develop into a better football player, and in a funny way, I probably got spoiled by the fact that we competed for a national championship every year, I made All-American, and I won the Outland Trophy. I want to have the same success in the NFL. Winning is a lot better than losing.
It's hard to believe that so much goes into the draft process for some teams. I guess with the pressure to win and with the amount of money that is being paid to the players, everyone wants to find players that can help teams win now. It was the same way at Oklahoma. The coaches were always pushing us and trying to bring in the best recruiting classes every year. We were so competitive at OU that there is no doubt that many former teammates will be in the same situation as me in a couple of years. It was fun blocking for Adrian Peterson (the best running back in America) and protecting Jason White's back and watching him throw all those touchdowns! I'm ready to do the same for some NFL team.
I'm ready for the draft to be here. I'm excited to find out where my new home will be. Everyone says playing in the NFL is a dream come true. For me, it really is. I am fortunate that I've had so much success at OU and that we won so many games. I feel my mom's presence every day and am truly blessed to be in this situation. With her by my side, how could I ever lose? I guess I've come a long way from being a kid in Lawton, Okla. The dream is almost a reality, but it won't end on draft day…the draft will just be the beginning.