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Good workout may boost my position

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Posted: Friday April 14, 2000 07:34 PM


Former Colorado cornerback Ben Kelly is expected to be chosen in the second or third round of the 2000 NFL Draft on April 15. Kelly was named All-American as a kick returner last season by after averaging 28.8 yards per kickoff return and running back two kicks for touchdowns in his junior year with the Buffaloes. This is the third in a series of draft diaries from Kelly. He will be checking in again after he is selected in the draft, so stop back this weekend for an exclusive Draft Day Diary from Ben at

Things are going pretty good for me right now. I don't get nervous. There's no reason for me to get nervous right now. I don't know what to get nervous about.

I worked out last Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs, and I ran a 4.37 40 on the grass at our practice fields here in Boulder. I just ran the 40, got measured for height and weight, and did some defensive back drills. I did pretty well on the position drills too, so I thought I did pretty good overall.

I've run faster before, but that's what I did that day. I don't think I'll have to run the 40 ever again. I'm glad that I improved over my previous times for scouts, but it still could've been better. But I can live with it.

They saw what I can do, and they've seen and heard about my times, so that's what they're going to go by.

My girlfriend and I are flying home to Cleveland on Friday night, and we'll spend the weekend with my family. They are probably more excited than I am. They are really into it. The whole family is going to be in town -- everybody took off work -- so it's going to be fun. I haven't been home in over a year, so it's going to be fun to get back there and hang out with them a little bit.

I'm not planning on watching the draft on Saturday. I have no idea what I'll do instead, but I'm going to try to keep myself busy. I may go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I want to go see some stuff and get around. I'll have my phone with me in case somebody calls, but I don't want to watch, because I'll drive myself crazy from sitting there. I'd question picks, and I'd say, "Aww, that should've been me." So I don't plan on watching.

I'm not going to be completely off the draft, I'm just not going to watch it all. Shoot, I'll probably be calling my agent every 10 or 15 minutes and saying, "What have you heard? What have you heard?" I'm just not going to sit there and watch it on TV -- I'm going to try to do other things. But I'm sure I'll pop my head in somewhere or tune it in on the radio or something.

I've heard from a bunch of teams, but I can't even say where I think I'll get taken. I'd say out of the 31 teams, I've probably heard from about 22 of them.

I have no clue where I'll get picked to tell you the truth. It's up in the air right now. I've heard anywhere from second to sixth. That's about 150 picks, so that's not real accurate. So I'm just going to sit there and wait to get a call.

I've done everything I could up until this point, and right now it's out of my hands. It just depends on if a team likes me enough to pick me, and hopefully it's sooner rather than later.

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Stories Draft Diary: Fred Robbins Draft Diary: Kentucky's James Whalen Draft Diary: Previous diary from Colorado's Ben Kelly Draft Diary: Virginia Tech's Corey Moore Draft Diary: Alabama's Chris Samuels Draft Diary: UCLA's Danny Farmer
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