I am hoping for a big draft day

Football fans have a busy weekend ahead of them, as this Saturday begins the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Despite all of the posturing I think it is safe to assume that former UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford will be headed to Detriot in the first selection of the draft.

Fans can also be fairly confident that Jason Smith, Aaron Curry and Michael Crabtree will not be too far behind Stafford.

But what about the rest of the draft?

There are seven rounds in the draft, with 32 picks in each round, not to mention compensatory picks and the supplemental draft, which means lots of opportunities for players to at least get a shot at playing professional football.

I may not be sure exactly what "declaring eligibility" for the draft entails, but I would like to take this opportunity to publicly declare that I am ready and willing to play for any team in the NFL that will take me.

As far as I am concerned, I am officially eligibile for the draft.

According to NFL rules, in order to be eligibile for the draft, one must be three years removed from high school, which usually means a player must have at least completed their junior year of college.


Now, I am not so arrogant as to assume that any Pro teams know about me, so I will just use this column to explain why I think I would be an excellent addition to any football club.

At 5-foot-8, I may not be the biggest guy there is, but I am stocky.

I tip the scale at about 220 or 180, if you choose to believe what it says on my driver's license. I am pretty sure at least some of that weight is muscle, so consider that.

As for my speed, I am not exactly sure how fast I can run a 40, because I am usually winded at the 20-yard mark.

I think my greatest asset would be my ability to take a beating. Seriously.

When I was in the sixth grade, I carelessly ran across the street and got hit by a car. One of my friends who witnessed the accident, said I rolled up and down the hood before being thrown to the ground. After that, I simply got back up and continued walking home.

If a car could not take me out, what chance does a 300-pound lineman have?

So I may not have the speed or the throwing arm to be an effective part of the offense, but what about the defense.

The idea of causing injury has always been appealing to me. I used to go to a lot of punk rock concerts that involved mosh pits where fans slammed into each other as hard as they could. That was considered a good night out.

I believe I would be a great candidate for a linebacker, even if it is on the scout team. I do not need to be on the first team.

Either way, I am eligible and any NFL team would be a fool not to pick me, or at least that is what my self-esteem counselor told me to say.

Zack Huffman is a sports writer and can be contacted by readers and scouts alike at zhuffman@news-daily.com