The NFL Draft has been described by many players as 'life-changing' and at the very least unforgettable. Currently on the Kansas City Chiefs roster are six players who were drafted by the team in the first round. I caught up with the guys and asked them to recall their draft-day memories.
"It was just beyond my dreams. That night was a pretty emotional night. A lot of hard work led up to that. A lot of dreams came true. After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said my name, I kind of went blank. It was a surreal experience, a lot of media, right after, and just a very memorable moment."
"I was nervous. When you wake up that morning, you have a lot of cameras around you, but just the whole situation, it's a blessing to be in, but at the same time, it's business. It's a nerve-racking situation to not know where you're going to be drafted. There are a lot of nerves and your family is happy for you, but at the same time, you're thinking in your head, 'This is serious, right here'".
"It was just an amazing feeling. It was just a big ball of emotions. It was just an explosion, the day I got drafted and that’s why I hugged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; I didn’t have anyone else to hug, after I got on stage. It was just a wonderful feeling. Everything went silent after that. It was just like, 'The Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Berry' and it was just dead silent after that. I didn’t know what to do. I kind of blacked out, after that, to be honest. I just hugged my family. I was so excited."
"I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in Louisiana. I had my whole family with me and we rented out a hall to do our own thing. I had all my family and close friends. When I got the call, I was telling everybody to be quiet and I said “Hello?” and I was like “Oh, hey coach, what’s going on?” they asked if I wanted to be a Kansas City Chief and I was like “Yeah, of course!” All the emotions came after they called. All my family gave me hugs and kisses; it was unforgettable."
"It was one of the days, when everything you’ve worked for actually paid off. It was never expected. I never expected to be drafted in the first round or at all. It was one of those days that I’ll never forget. I wanted to be a Chief. This organization has such a history with Lamar Hunt and his family and now being a part of it for these 9 years, it has been truly remarkable."
"It was nerve-racking, knowing that your dream day had arrived. It’s the opportunity that you’ve been waiting for, for a lifetime. To hear your name called and to sit there with your family and friends, it's really a lot going on and a lot going through your head. You think about everything like, 'Who’s going to draft you? Are you going to drop in the draft? Are you going early? What city are you going to be living in?'; those are the things that go through your mind, but at the end of the day, after your name is called, there's so much stress relief. Regardless of where you go in the draft, knowing that you have the opportunity of a lifetime is unforgettable."
The team's latest first-round draft pick is just hours away from being revealed, when the Chiefs are scheduled to select at #23.