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Anxious for next Saturday

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Posted: Monday April 17, 2000 08:06 PM

 

Former Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore is expected to be chosen in the second or third round of the 2000 NFL Draft on April 15. Moore was named All-American at defensive end by CNNSI.com after recording 17 sacks, 12 tackles for losses, 23 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles in his senior season with the Hokies. This is the third in a series of draft diaries from Moore. He will be checking in again after he is selected in the draft, so stop back next weekend for an exclusive Draft Day Diary from Corey at CNNSI.com.

Everything's been going pretty well. I've just continued to work out and try to stay in shape and see what happens.

I've been doing more conditioning work, position-related drills -- drops and stuff like that, ball drills -- and weightlifting everyday. I think the best way to stay in shape and to get in shape is to do things that are related to football, so that's what I've been trying to do.

I'm really anxious right now. I'm more anxious now than ever, because I know it's just a week away. I'm just anxious to get it over with, to know where I'm going, and just to be part of a team and organization again.

I'm going to just do everyday stuff this week to keep my mind off the draft. I'm going home to Tennessee in the middle of the week to be with my family, to get away from around here, because I know it's going to be hectic. I'm really looking forward to it. I think it will help me relax a lot more, being with people.

I talked to Pittsburgh and St. Louis this week, and they both seemed to like me. They pretty much just wanted to throw their hat in the ring, so I wouldn't be surprised if either of them chose me.

Nobody has been mentioning where they think I might get taken. I don't think anybody is giving up that information right now. I think it's a cat and mouse game.

You get some teams that you talk to that you know they like you. Then you talk to another team and supposedly the team that you talked to before that you know liked you, may have trashed you a little bit to that other team. I was kind of a little bit prepared for that, but that's probably been the craziest part about it. I think teams don't want to show their cards yet. That's one reason why I'm really anxious for Saturday to come, so we can get out of this cat and mouse game and just get down to business.

The whole draft process has been different from high school recruiting, mainly because in high school it's about choosing where your future, where you will spend the next four or five years at. This is more of a business. It's more like a big job interview where you are marketing yourself and marketing your skills. I think it's a little bit different process going from high school to college than from college on to the next level. This is more business. Your background is checked out more and things like that. This is probably less stressful than being recruited out of high school.

I've already made my mind up that I will move to the city of the team that selects me and make that place my home. I want to be there to work out in the offseason and things like that.

I probably won't keep a place in Blacksburg, but I have friends there so I'll always have ties there. I have coaches that are like family to me, and I'll always have a place that I can come back to and call home.

I've had great support from people at Tech as I've gone through all of this. Cornell Brown is up here -- he's back in school finishing up his degree -- and we work out together every other day or so. He's just told me to believe in myself, because when I came to Tech and was moved to defensive end he told me that the same people that didn't believe I could play defensive end in Tech's scheme, will be the same people wondering if I can play linebacker in the pro. He just told me to believe in myself and to continue to work hard, and people will find a place for me in the NFL.

I spoke with Bruce Smith before the championship game and he just told me that I'm an incredible athlete, and that I shouldn't worry about playing at the next level. He said that somebody will give me a shot because I'm too good of a football player. And that really boosted my confidence a lot. It would be a dream come true to be on the same team with him. I think he's one of the best pass rushers to ever play this game.

Coach Beamer has told me just to be myself, and to continue to be the leader that I am. He said that I should continue to stay self-motivated, and continue to stay spiritually motivated. And I think that's the best advice that he could give me -- to continue to stay humble and be myself, and to continue to believe in the Lord. And that's advice that my Mom has given me, and my family, so that's I think the best advice anybody can give me.

A couple of my teammates from Tech will also be pretty high draft picks, with both John Engelberger and Shyrone Stith likely to go on the first day of the draft.

It goes to show what hard work and dedication can do. I'm proud of those guys. I think Engelberger has sort of made me the player that I am -- he's brought me along and helped me better understand the game. I think we complimented each other very well and I think we made each other better. Obviously he's got a lot of talent and he's going to play in the league for a long, long time. Shyrone has also worked incredibly hard. He's the most unselfish person, the most unselfish teammate that I ever played with.

It's just a blessing that I have an opportunity to even play professional football. That's my mindset right now. Pretty much wherever I go, I'll be happy. I'll just continue to move on and hopefully play the game for as many years as God blesses me to play.


 
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