Work in Sports
No preference as to where I play
Posted: Thursday April 13, 2000 11:53 PM
Former Kentucky tight end James Whalen is expected to be among the top tight ends selected in the 2000 NFL Draft on April 15-16. Whalen was named All-American by CNNSI.com after he set two NCAA records for pass receptions by a tight end. This is the third in a series of draft diaries from Whalen. Check back biweekly for another draft diary from him at CNNSI.com.
It's down to crunch time now. It's a waiting game. The most important thing is to stay in shape. You absolutely have to go into camp in shape.
My agent, Alan Herman, told me something smart the other day. He just said, "Do what worked for you last semester. There's no point in changing." And that is good advice. I've been working out Olympic style now for so long -- preparing all this time for one 40-yard dash and one lift -- so now I'm getting back to basics.
The draft is a little more than two weeks away -- I'm counting the days down -- and I'm really looking forward to getting to work. The tough part is getting through all this to actually get to playing. There will be no problems once we get there.
It's hard to really start thinking about the draft. It's kind of like the Combine -- you don't know what to expect until you experience it. But there is a little more anticipation every day.
But you can't look at the draft as a make-you-or-break-you day. It's not all "what are you going to do for me today?" It's also "what are you going to do for me three years from now." And that's the way I'm approaching it.
I'm thinking about perhaps attending the draft in New York in person. That would be a good experience. If not, I'll probably watch it from my parents' house in Cincinnati.
Would I like to go to the Bengals? Sure. Or Cleveland. Or Seattle. Or Jacksonville. Or Dallas. Or anyone that wants a tight end that can run. It's all the same to me. I have no preference in where I go as long as I get a chance.