Top prospects confident on eve of NFL Draft

Confidence, whether it's false or real, was brimming from NFL Draft prospects on Wednesday morning.

At Grant Park in Chicago, as part of an NFL Play 60 community event, a slew of first round hopefuls met with the media after exercising with children from a local elementary school. Each one we met with, whether he was a defender or an offensive player, was sure he'd be able to help the Texans if the squad selected him with the 16th pick.

"I believe a lot of Texans fans think they're going to miss a beat, since Andre (Johnson) left," Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong said. "If I was there, they probably wouldn't miss a beat at all."

Strong is a pass-catcher some have mocked to the Texans, and he said he enjoyed his visit to NRG Stadium and his meetings with Houston's leadership.

"I had a great time down there with Coach Bill O'Brien and I talked to Rick Smith. They're great guys. Everybody welcomed me with open arms, and I had a great conversation with them. I felt like I was home."

Like Strong, Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman said he would "produce" if the Texans were to snag him at 16 overall.

"That's my whole thing," Perriman said. "That's one of my goals coming in: I just want to establish myself early and produce any way I can."

On the defensive side of the ball, the chance of playing on a defense with the likes of J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Brian Cushing and Jadeveon Clowney is an appealing one to many of the 2015 NFL Draftees.

"It would be a great d-line, and I know I could bring a lot to the table to help them out," Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree said. "It'd be one of the best in the League."

Playing behind a front seven with such talent is appealing to Alabama safety Landon Collins.

"I'd fit in great," Collins said. "If they pick me up, I'm going in there to ball. I'm going to try and make an impact real quick and help the team try to win a Super Bowl." The first round begins at 7 p.m. CT Thursday night.

Several draft prospects participated in a Play 60 event in Chicago on Wednesday. (Photos by AP and Mizzou Athletics)

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content