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DRAFT DIARIES: Randle El's phone's blowin' up
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Updated Mar 15, 2002 9:18 PM ET
In the final weeks leading up to the NFL Draft (April 20-21 in New York City),
Indiana QB Antwaan Randle El
will share his life in his weekly
as he approaches the day of his dreams.
Brian DeLucia calls Randle El one of the draft's top prospects
DeLucia breaks down the NFL Draft's first round
Who can it be now?
SELF SCOUTING REPORT
My top strength would be my play-making ability, just being able to make plays in any situation. When it's needed, throughout the game, I can be the guy to break a huge play at any time.
Maybe in NFL eyes it's the stereotype of being short (5-foot-9). But to me that's normal. People have been telling me I'm too short since I WAS really short as a little one.
My life has changed dramatically since the season ended. When I say dramatically, I mean from the standpoint of I'm doing interviews all day long with coaches and teams and media. It is everything I thought it would be, and more. I know without God, I wouldn't be able to do this, because it's crazy. It's not so much the workouts, but the interviews. I have strong mental toughness and that sort of thing, but at some point in time you'll break down and won't feel like interviewing any more. Then you'll start making wrong decisions. My biggest thing is having God on my side to keep me focused and straight with it all. Man, I'm getting calls from people I don't know or haven't heard from in SUCH a long time people I've met one or two times here or there. It's not a big problem, but I've got to get a new phone number ... WHEW! I didn't know it was going to be like this. Now I'm not going to get married now in my life, not yet. But then I've got women calling and I don't know how they got my number. I just tell them, "No, I'm not interested" or tell them I've got a woman or something like that. Those are the things that are going to happen now. I've talked to friends of mine in the NFL and they had the same thing when they first got into the NFL ... and then it gets worse! So I've just got to be smart. I have to watch what I'm doing, whom I talk to and whom I tell my number to and all that. You could look at the interview process all kind of ways. First of all, it's a blessing in itself to have a lot of teams calling you and interested, to want to have the head coach sit down and meet you. That means a lot to have teams want me to meet their head coach. That's big right there! They ask you all kinds of different questions about your background, your schooling, whether or not you've been in trouble or suspended. I have a clean record and have never gotten in trouble, except for one time when I got caught throwing eggs, man. What kid hasn't, right? They looked at me and laughed, but I felt like I should tell them because I didn't want to leave anything out.
QB or WR? That is the question
Even after the season, I didn't know which way to go. I knew in the East-West Shrine game, I would be playing at quarterback. My thing was at the end of the season, I wanted to be a QB and I didn't care what happened. But I prayed and prayed and started to understand that I'm limiting my abilities when I play just one position when teams want me to play another position. It would be a factor if I couldn't play those positions and if I wasn't good enough to do those things. But I'm good enough to punt return, be a wide receiver and third-down back, and be a second or third-string QB. I just want to get my foot in the door, and I want to stick. As far as not being projected as an NFL quarterback, I don't feel slighted. I just don't think the battle's over. I feel like in time, somebody will give me a shot. But right now and until they do that, I'll be a second-string QB/wide receiver/punt returner/kickoff returner/nickel back on defense ... whatever. I want to play ... that's my biggest thing. I want to play because I feel I can help a team out and help lead. I just want to be what NFL coaches want and NFL teams need. I feel like I've done that so far. From here on out, both before and after the draft, I've just got to keep my head clean and keep doing stuff right ... and don't get involved in something crazy.
I feel the need for speed
My Pro day was March 8 and I did really well there. After the times that I ran, the scouts were like "Whoa!" I ran really well at the combine in Indianapolis. My fastest 40 time was a 4.41 and my slowest was a 4.5. At least they kept telling me it was good. All I got were the nods by different coaches, and they were like, "Wow!" Then on the Pro day I did the 3-Cone drill, which is when you run back and forth through the cones, then have to run a Figure 8 through the cones. The average time is around 6.8 to 7.0. On my first one I ran a 6.57, but then they said it didn't count because I'd put my hand down as leverage around the last cone which they said I couldn't do. So I ran it again and ran a 6.44, so they were impressed. Then I did the 10-yard shuttle run and did a 3.98 and I think the average is around 4.1 or 4.2. I was really feeling it, and once I get going I can go all day. That's just the energy I've had since I was little. All this ability is from God. He has blessed me unbelievably with so many things. I pray to him about things and fast for him sometimes I won't eat until 3-4 p.m., and it all pays off. The little things I do for God, he blesses me in a big way.
Life before Draft Day
If I'm in Chicago, a typical day would be waking up and going to Prayer from 9-10 a.m. From there, I go to see my little girl and spend some time with her. My next thing would be to get my daily workout in, whether it's catching or throwing or running or lifting I'm getting some kind of work done, something different each day ... and it works out because that's what I'm going to be doing in the league. I've got the time right now to do the different workouts. Then I get calls from all the different scouts and the teams that want to come and work you out individually. My workouts this week are up in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend Thursday with the Rams (met with Mike Martz personally) and Monday with the Bills. I'm a man on the run!
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