Draft Quotes

Draft Quotes by Joe Burrow, Colleen McCullough, Jason McCourty, Roger Goodell, Shaquem Griffin, Ivan Reitman and many others.

There’s a lot of really good players in the draft and we’re all looking to make a name for ourselves at the next level. I guess we’ll find out 10 years down the road and there’s gonna be discussions throughout time about it, but we can’t control that.
Once I’ve got the first draft down on paper then I do five or six more drafts, the last two of which will be polishing drafts. The ones in between will flesh out the characters and maybe I’ll check my research.
I got drafted by the Titans in the sixth round. So I got drafted, but not by much. There’s nothing guaranteed for a sixth-round draft pick.
It’s not just the NFL. Every other league has a draft. It has been fundamental to the success of professional sports.
The only thing you are really here to do is play football. So when you get a chance to go to the draft, and that part is over with, and you get signed on to a team, and you’re ready to go, now it’s back to everything you’ve been doing to get to this point, and that’s play football.
When you have a performer as talented as Bill Murray or as Harold, that can write as well as they can perform, you can do a final draft on the set if you think of it that way.
When I’m my own editor, there’s very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes.
I revise a lot while I’m drafting, often going back to the beginning again and again to revise because I’ve changed massive things about the story. By the time I get to the end of a first draft, I’ve been through the beginning lots of times.
With anybody we’re looking to draft, we do an extensive amount of work on their background, history and all that.
I have all the accolades, all the experience, all the knowledge you could possibly want from a WWE number one draft pick.
I do try to deliver a solid first draft, meaning it’s my tenth or twentieth draft and then I call it ‘first’ and hand it in, much to the chagrin of the studio sometimes when they look at the contract and go, ‘You’ve passed your deadline.’
True partisans draft legislation that gives themselves everything and their enemies nothing. They love bills that repulse and even disgust the other side. Today‘s politics have become an all-or-nothing, black-or-white, zero-sum game – it’s not a contact sport but a blood sport.
After 1960, anyone who wanted to discuss almost any aspect of U.S. public policy – from how to make cars safer to whether to abolish the draft, from how to support the housing market to whether to regulate the financial sectorhad to speak economics.
I carried around a lot of weight and anxietyexpectations of being a top draft pick and fulfilling those. It was really burdensome and not fun. Stressful. I had to go through some things before I finally turned that around and got back to playing for the right reasons.
When I volunteered for the draft as a 20-year-old, mischievous guy at the height of the Vietnam War, most thought I was destined to pass from this earth early!
I wasn’t worried about my draft position. I was just taking it easy come, easy go.
There’s nothing I hate more than someone who speaks in the draft room with absolute conviction, but they have nothing to back it up.
When a car‘s ahead of you, as long as you can see it, you get a tow, just like the draft in NASCAR. Even if it’s a long ways down the track, it punches a hole in the air that has to help. When you’re running alone, you can feel the difference, and it shows on the clock, too.
If you had first pick in the all-free agent NBA draft, you’d take LeBron James.
Bonfire‘ was kicking around for a very long time. It was an idea I wanted to explore for a television show. Then I was given this weird gift of time when ‘Jessica Jones’ finished season one. I got really organized and just kind of banged it out, but it took a long time. It took two years to even have a first draft.
When I’m writing the first draft, I’m writing in a very slovenly way: anything to get the outline of the story on paper.
To be honest, after the draft, I’m always excited.
You never know what can happen in the draft.
I spent two months on the first draft, working 8 hours a day, five days a week.
Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of beginning writers who think you can just write your first draft and hand it in.
Let me back up a little and tell you why I prefer writing to real life: You can rewrite. A novel, for example, can be cleaned up, altered, trimmed, improved. Life, on the other hand, is one big messy rough draft.
The Iraqis have once again failed to meet a deadline for a final draft of the constitution.
I feel like whatever team drafts me I’d fit into because they’re going to get the best receiver in the draft. Regardless of if they really need a receiver early or not, the way I’m going to come in and work, they’re going to get the guy they hoped they drafted and be excited about it.
It’s been super weird because you have zoom meetings and then it’s like high school again, I’m stuck at home with my parents and the only time I get out of the house is to workout. Let’s just say it’s not been how I envisioned my pre draft process going.
I was really mad until the 23rd pick and I wasn’t selected and my agent told me, ‘If nobody selects you, you’re going to the Lakers.’ So I was hoping to not go in the first round of the draft.
The first draft of everything, I write longhand. One of the nice things about that is that it makes you keep going. If you write a bad sentence on the computer, then it’s very tempting to go back and fidget with it and spend another 20 minutes trying to make it into a good sentence.
During the Vietnam era, more than 30,000 draft dodgers and deserters sought harbor in cities like Montreal and Toronto, where public opposition to the war was strong and most residents didn’t question their motives.
In theatre, previews are the first draft of a show. I strongly believe that. The only way we can truly tell whether that draft works is by having an audience present.
I remember the day I found out my draft status. I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze. It just hadn’t occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam.
When I finish my first draft I usually narrate it to some trusted friends who can give me feedback. All criticism is welcome.
I will take a draft to the Yankees or to the Mets. A draft for president is not conceivable.
The Iraq war was fought by one-half of one percent of us. And unless we were part of that small group or had a relative who was, we went about our lives as usual most of the time: no draft, no new taxes, no changes. Not so for the small group who fought the war and their families.
Francisco Garcia could have been a high draft choice last year, probably in the 20s. He’s the best wing player I’ve ever coached. But he’s done it the right way. He knew he had to work on his body to become a good pro. When he goes into the pros, he’ll be physically ready.
They don’t draft you to sit there and stand on the sideline.
Need always plays into your decisions more as the draft unfolds.
The Draft is about the re-generation of hope and excitement for teams. Every pick your team makes could be the next Tom Brady. He could be the guy who turns around the fortune of the franchise.
There are producers, like the late Geoffrey Perkins, who have truly great ideas that will fire up your synapses and show you that handing in your first draft is not the end of a horrible process, but the beginning of a beautiful one.
I didn’t care about the draft. I didn’t want to do the workouts – they put you in two-on-two full-court drills with guards. That’s not going to help me.
Everyone knows that Tom Brady wasn’t chosen until the sixth round of the NFL draft, after teams passed over him again and again.
When I graduated from Utah, I was headed into the biggest job interview of my life, the NFL Draft.
I have to write a first draft with a fountain pen before I type it up as a second.
My philosophy is that you don’t motivate players with speeches; you have motivated players that you draft. That’s where they come in, and those are the guys that are competitive. You can not teach competitiveness.
To have someone like Clint Eastwood come along and shoot your first draft as written is just any screenwriter‘s dream. And Clint is very straightforward. If it’s good enough to get his attention, it’s good enough to produce.
The NBA is sometimes a crazy business, and we’ve seen crazy trades and crazy stuff happening the same night of the draft.
In my office in Florida I have, I think, 30 manuscript piles around the room. Some are screenplays or comic books or graphic novels. Some are almost done. Some I’m rewriting. If I’m working with a co-writer, they’ll usually write the first draft. And then I write subsequent drafts.
Being bitter about the success or draft status of someone else is like swallowing Drano and hoping the other guy gets sick. You don’t have time to fret and worry about the other guys vying for what you want.
When it comes to the draft process, I’m going to be – I’m not going to say anything stupid – but I’m going to be my authentic, true self, and hopefully someone in an organization says, ‘That’s my guy.’
I don’t like re-writing very much. The fourth and the fifth draft – that’s too much like work. There’s not much inspiration about it, and the lawyerly side kicks in – being very careful and somewhat technical.
My parents getting divorced gave me the opportunity to play for my granddad and to meet my wife. I fell in the draft but I ended up in Dallas.
The first draft is all about freedom, and if loyalty is in question, it is only my loyalty to the characters and situations on the page. All the worries about where the material may have sprung from or what so-and-so might think can be dealt with later.
When I finish a first draft, I often look back at first chapters I wrote and laugh at them. They’re like pictures of yourself in middle school. You’re embarrassed to see them.
I draft quickly and then revise, a lot.
We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.
We may need to change the way we think. As in Israel, I think there should be a mandatory draft, where you go away for the service of your country for three years.
I love CeeDee Lamb coming out of the draft. I just really did. And Amari Cooper is one of the best one-on-one route runners.
When the draft comes and goes, there’s a certain set of players you acquire and there’s a whole bunch of others you had interest in acquiring. That doesn’t die.
To expose a first draft to anyone’s ears other than your own is indecent.
I have plans of becoming a director soon. I just finished my script. I don’t know when I’ll direct the film. It is ready and has reached its third draft.
I talk about the NFL Draft on a daily basis because this is the sport I cover – this is the show I do – and I talk about everything that’s taking place every single day.
The draft is like game day on a 3rd-and-5. You have a lot of plays you can choose from. You go with your gut, pick and play and hope it works.
Everything with the draft process, from the combine to visits to pro days, that’s great but it’s not football.
I read every script from beginning to end, and I read every draft that I can. I like the show, I like the character, and I want to protect both of those things.
With the draft, everybody was involved. Everybody was fodder. When you got to be 21, 22 and graduated from college, for two years your life stopped. If you had been running in the direction of your life, you had to stop and do this other thing which was, if not menacing, just plain boring.
Tom Brady is Tom Brady. He was a sixth-round draft pick. A lot of people passed up on him. He’s a Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP. He’s been in a bunch of Super Bowls, and he could care less about all of that. He just cares about winning the next game.
That summer after the draft was probably the most fun I’ve ever had, because all I had to do every day was wake up and go work out for four or five hours. I got to play some golf, which I love to do, too, and then got to hang out with my family.
I think early in my development as a quarterback, before I ever got a Division I college offer or anything, my brother was in the spotlight, first-round draft pick. People expected me to be him, but I was underdeveloped, undersized, unrecruited… so it was tough at that point.
I always write my first draft in longhand, in lined notebooks. I move around the house, sitting where I like, and watch the words spool out in front of me, actually taking a lot of pleasure in the way they look in my strange handwriting on the page.
I’m working on a new novel, in its 3rd draft, but it’s hard to write while doing 7th Heaven.
The draft’s crazy. Everybody knows that.
As I prepared for the 2009 draft, I vividly remember meeting with a prospective agent that told me if I put in the work, I could be a good special teams player in the league for a little bit. On one hand, thanks for the honesty, I guess. But I thought I might be capable of more.
The Draft Model Police Act of 2006, as part of police reforms, provided for Special Security Zones to be created in the red corridor, which is a common development area. That means bringing together diverse political components but working through a coordinated bureaucracy.
Some people like to purge out a draft and just let it go and then go back and fix it, but I’m a writer-rewriter. I can’t move on until I feel like it’s presentable.
Coming out as a rookie, no. 4 draft pick, you expected to see some playing time.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed, young Japanese-Americans, like all young Americans, rushed to their draft board to volunteer to fight for our country. That act of patriotism was answered with a slap in the face. We were denied service and categorized as enemy non-alien.
If I want to be a basketball player and you don’t draft me, what am I going to do, quit, or keep going? Knock on the next door, knock on the next door, if one of those open I’m going to go in and display my talent.
I’m constantly revising. Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again.
If I wanted to be Rimbaud, what was I doing in graduate school? Trying to stay out of the army, of course. Graduate study gave me a draft deferment. But I also knew I lacked erudition and polish and was often sunk in forlorn reveries.
I have never had a problem with national service. I am not sure the draft is the way to go about it, but I am positive that you live in a society and you take from this society, which every citizen here does. You owe something back to this country, and that should be paid back in some form of national service.
I’m careful about speaking about this, but I believe it is only natural to accept the mandatory military duty, and I will go when I receive a draft notice, no matter when that is.
Often as a writer, you get your first draft out, and then you look and think, ‘Now, what have I got here.’ You’re really just throwing mud at the wall and then going, ‘Oh, there’s a pattern there.’
I’m not a believer in bringing back the draft. But I am a huge proponent of national service.
I have always been thankful that so many of our country’s greatest leaders and statesmen were able to be on this earth at the same time and place to draft the Constitution.
Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft.
I think that many of the issues they were facing in South Africa were the same as those I was singing about. Conscription, resisting the draft, government repression – I mentioned all those things in my songs.
Political systems are run by self-selecting politicians. We don’t draft people; it’s not jury duty.
I have never written anything in one draft, not even a grocery list, although I have heard from friends that this is actually possible.
In the original draft I was 27 and Peter was 55 in the script. That’s not the same as a guy in his 40s and a dad in the end of his 70s. It’s a different point in both our lives.
Constructed Worlds‘ comes from a novel draft that I wrote in my early twenties and reread/revised only in my late thirties.
I do think if we had a draft again, the United States would embark on fewer wars.
I don’t want to be in a locker room with someone that we draft that’s kind of a prima donna or, you know, thinks they’re bigger than the team. Those are two things that I don’t do well with.
When I was in college going through the draft process my dad was like, ‘Hey Michael Jordan loves your game,’ I’m like dad? This is before social media; this is before any of that so I’m like, ‘Dad, get out of here, there’s no way you can know that Michael Jordan likes my game.’
I will never support a draft.
Writing the first draft of a new story is incredibly difficult for me. I will happily do revisions, because once I can see the words on the page, I can go about ripping them up and moving scenes around. A blank page, though? Terrifying. I’m always angsty when I’m working my way through a first draft.
I’m a big believer in puking out all your thoughts in a single sitting and getting some version of the work down, because the alternative just prolongs the agony. The first draft is hideous and ajskdlkdfksjdfslfjk, but it’s just a map for where the big blocks go.
For me the writing, when I’m going to direct it myself, is really just the first draft, and I don’t change it very much; I only change it on average about two lines per movie.
I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them – without a thought about publication – and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look from the outside.
The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible.
Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
I generally write a first draft that’s pretty lean. Just get the story down.
Your generation and mine have had very little real experience; we’ve been severed from the direct experience of war by some very good things. By the end of the draft, and by the defeat in Vietnam.
Before the Civil War, Canada was at the top of the underground railroad. If you made it into Canada, you were safe unless someone came and hauled you back. That was also true during the Vietnam War for draft resisters.
A lot of young guys coming up in this league, they’re given the spotlight right away, depending on draft stature or whatever the case may be.
The second draft is on yellow paper, that’s when I work on characterizations. The third is pink, I work on story motivations. Then blue, that’s where I cut, cut, cut.
I always write on unlined typing paper and write the first draft in longhand, using cheap Bic pens. I try to write about four pages a day, which usually yields a first draft in six months. I don’t plot ahead of time, so I’m flying by the seat of my pants for the first draft.
Affirmative action is a little like the professional football draft. The NFL awards its No. 1 draft choices to the lowest-ranked team in the league. It doesn’t do this out of compassion or guilt. It’s done for mutual survival. They understand that a league can only be as strong as its weakest team.
Do I consider the 2003 Draft class the best ever? Yes, absolutely!
Once you get into the NFL, it doesn’t matter what draft pick you are, what round you are, if you’re undrafted or not. It’s football time again. The draft, all of that doesn’t matter anymore.
I’ll play for whoever drafts me. I’m just not going to be presumptuous about what they want to do. It’s the draft.
I’ve never shown anybody a draft of anything.
I find getting the first draft down to be the biggest challenge. Every word, every punctuation mark, every plot point is a decision. It’s much more fun to play with something that already exists.
I’m the only one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that has Final Draft on my computer. Then you show up and go to any coffee shop in L.A., and there are a hundred people your age with Final Draft.
In the draft you always have a special bond and connection, especially if you have one that goes right after you, so it’s kind of always, I guess everybody thinks you’re competing.
The real question is, when will we draft an artificial intelligence bill of rights? What will that consist of? And who will get to decide that?
When you’re 20 and going to the draft, everybody is telling you what you should wear. I kind of succumbed to peer pressure on that one.
I don’t want to be that guy that thinks he is a high draft pick and that he has it all.
The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive. I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me, in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight.
I still wake up thinking about draft choices we should have made that would have impacted the franchise for a long time, but I don’t wake up thinking about one individual player move.
We draft mostly high school kids and we have one of the finest, if not the finest, player development programs and coaching staffs and we teach our players the right way to play. We also have a game plan in scouting, and there are certain types of players that we look for.
I have watched the NBA draft just about every year, so to see myself up there, that is something I am excited about.
Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them… unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.
Writing, yeah. Me and my friend Scott Bloom just finished the first rough draft of a script. It’s taken us three years to do, but we finally got a first draft. And we’ll see whatever happens with that.
It’s a great opportunity to get picked top 10 in the draft. It’s just a dream that I’ve always had.
In the draft plan, we’re looking at recycling 20 percent of our garbage by 2010.
My own feeling is that one should refuse to participate in any activity that implements American aggressionthus tax refusal, draft refusal, avoidance of work that can be used by the agencies of militarism and repression, all seem to me essential.
After I graduated from Tuskegee with a masters in nuclear engineering, the draft was on so I signed up for ROTC. I figured if I had to go into the military, I’d rather go in as an officer.
The type of athletes we draft still need types of versatility on the defense side of the ball, run the offense. You should still be concerned on the offense side of the ball.
I write with pen and paper, my first draft, on legal pads.
After I finished my first draft of ‘Salvage the Bones,’ I felt that I wasn’t political enough. I had to be more honest about the realities of the community I was writing about.
The draft is one of my favorite events because it is about football. People are focused on how their teams improve. It’s a celebration of football. And most importantly, it represents a very important time in the lives of these men who are entering the NFL, and their families.
I’ve watched ‘Ringu’ probably three or four times before writing the first draft of ‘The Ring.’ And then I’d seen ‘Ringu 2’ I think once.
It’s 2010. I’m forty-three years old. I’ve just turned in the final draft of what will be my third novel when I decide I want a tattoo. Maybe it’s a middle-age thing. Or maybe now that my kids are nearly grown and I have a career in place, I’m finally coming into my own.
When I came to New York for the draft in ’89, they told me I should be like 10 and 15, and it didn’t happen. So I was very disappointed, like, nobody wants me.
I have not seen a true grounds-up revolution from a bunch of companies getting together. It takes one company to put it together, then people draft off of that, but they don’t build it top to bottom with a specific vision.
NRDC has helped bring hope spots to more of our shared ocean waters. We helped draft and pass a California law creating a network of underwater parks stretching from the Oregon border to the Mexican border.
We have an incredible national forest service, and we have an incredible child outreach program that the president has put together. I don’t see anything wrong with national service for a minimum of two years. If we were to require that, we wouldn’t need a draft.
For me, when you’re going in the late rounds you just always have that chip on your shoulder. At the end of the day, every team that didn’t draft me – including the team that took me 203rd – everybody passed me a few times. And, for me, that kind of fueled me over the years.
I have a lot of love for the Golden Bears. I was upset and disappointed with the rumors that came out when it came time for me to enter the draft. There were a lot of negative things said about me that hurt me, that I wasn’t a team player and I didn’t work hard.
During my draft process, I had Seattle come and work me out. This is one of the places where I thought I might be drafted. I’m glad it worked out I’m here.
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I was fortunate enough to do a docu-series throughout the draft process, but I did that to show the behind-the-scenes stuff.
We kept my middle schooler home from school for three days before we turned in our final draft because she was so mean and so brutal at editing out all the cheesy bits. She would roll her eyes and make fun of us, and it was what we needed.
I think the biggest thing, even from Day 1 after the draft, was coach DeFillipo being very detailed with everything.
Every published writer suffers through that first draft because most of the time, that’s a disappointment.
To a lot of people, I might just be the guy who went No. 1 in the draft. Or the guy who lost his job to Colin Kaepernick. Or the guy who helped turn a 2-14 Chiefs team into a back-to-back division champ… but then couldn’t put them over the top.
I’m against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective.
I have to do draft after draft… It takes me a long time, but I love doing it, and I have to do it every day, or I feel slack.
I guess the thing I would say most fervently is that your original impulse to write something is an impulse you should trust, and that if it doesn’t work on the first draft, which it hardly ever does, the commitment to revising ought to be something you embrace really early. And to revise and revise and revise.
I watched myself get drafted by myself. I walked out of my own draft party because I was a little frustrated.
I was just 18 years old, excited about being drafted to the N.B.A. I felt like all of Houston was watching me. My high school was watching me. I think they had a draft party at my coach’s house. I’ll never forget that day, being in the green room with my family and my agent.
I’m never going to forget draft day.
So I’m going to tell you, it’s going to be a good year. There are good players all over this country, and it is our job as a scouting department to find them, draft them, sign them, develop them, and help us to continue to win championships. So it’s going to be a good year.
I’m a wide-open book. I talk to guys coming out in the draft every year. I’m a wide-open book. I’ll give you my experiences. And I’ll tell you what I went through. But I would never project on another player that you should do this or you should do that.
You hate to see yourself do one draft of a script and then have somebody else come back in and change what you’ve done.
You can’t draft for need. You draft for need, you get fired. Draft the best player, and if you’ve got two of them now you’ve got three of them. Just take the best players available for you.
I hate first drafts, and it never gets easier. People always wonder what kind of superhero power they’d like to have. I wanted the ability for someone to just open up my brain and take out the entire first draft and lay it down in front of me so I can just focus on the second, third and fourth drafts.
Literature that keeps employing new linguistic and formal modes of expression to draft a panorama of society as a whole while at the same time exposing it, tearing the masks from its face – for me that would be deserving of an award.
There is a lot of information to know, but I prepare for the NFL Draft by coming to work every day.
In early draft it never satisfied me, and that was when it clicked into place and it went so well as a diary.
In 2012 there was a megafoolish, if well-funded, effort by a group called Americans Elect to raise an independent Cincinnatus to run for president via an Internet draft. It flopped, spectacularly.
In less than eighteen months, it prepared a first draft which it submitted to the General Assembly and which, at the end of one hundred sessions of elevated, often impassioned discussion, was adopted in the form of thirty articles on December 10, 1948.
I had expected that at some point during the first draft a light would go on, and I would understand, finally, how to write a book. This never happened. The process was akin to blindly walking in the dark, feeling my way only by touch, and only recognising dead ends when I smacked into them.
‘Rent’ was a special project for me. It was my first notable screenplay job. I worked with two wonderful directors on it, starting with Spike Lee in the summer of 2001. I wrote a draft for Spike and he was really good to me.
You have to build your core nucleus of your team through your draft. What that does is you basically introduce them to your culture and your environment. Then, as guys begin to perform and play to that level, then you say, ‘You know what? You guys deserve an extension, so here it is.’
I want to stay with the Tennessee Titans. They are the ones that took a chance on me – 31 teams passed on me on the draft and they selected me.
I didn’t know if I was going to be drafted, period. I remember sitting there and just praying that whatever God has for me to happen, and I didn’t get any calls from anybody else the whole round. And then I got a call from New England five hours after the draft started.
I write every first draft – almost every draft, but certainly the first – by hand on blank white pieces of paper, so I don’t know how long it is as I’m writing; it just piles up, and then I input it all in my computer, and I learn how long it is.
You want to be in the first round. That’s the dream. That’s what you see on draft night.
I don’t write a play from beginning to end. I don’t write an outline. I write scenes and moments as they occur to me. And I still write on a typewriter. It’s not all in ether. It’s on pages. I sequence them in a way that tends to make sense. Then I write what’s missing, and that’s my first draft.
To add a player in the draft is something we always look forward to.
I think how veterans are treated in our country is an abomination. We don’t have the draft any more, which is why so many soldiers come from working-class – rather than middle- or high-income families. Those wealthier families aren’t affected, so they’re not agitating for change.
I had friends around campus and great teammates. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t expect to be regarded and scouted as such a high pick, so it was a crazy twist to reality. I’d always wanted to make the NBA. It was my dream. Then all of a sudden, people were telling me I’d be the fourth pick if I entered the draft.
Mess up and draft somebody at my position, because you are going to sit around and watch him sit the bench. That’s always been my mentality. I see it as a challenge.
Thank you… fantasy football draft, for letting me know that even in my fantasies, I am bad at sports.
Everyone said I would be a second-round pick or undrafted guy – that’s all I heard coming to the draft – but I had a higher faith. I knew I was way better than that, better than how people pegged me.
You work every day with your player development, try to improve through the draft, you have free agency and you have trades. I think you have to be very aggressive in each area. Sitting back and waiting sometimes is not a good thing.
For the Broncos, they’re kind of in a rebuilding stage with a lot of young guys and here I am, 10 years in the league, ready to be a free agent. I think it was best for the Broncos to trade me for the draft picks and try to build.
Let go of the idea that somehow you can outsmart a first draft. Because I have never met anybody who can.
You go to the draft board and think, ‘Here’s a nose tackle. Who needs a nose tackle?’ Well, eight teams in front of you need a nose tackle, and there’s two nose tackles. It’s something you have to figure out where you can get the players to play in your system.
I felt like I was one of the better point guards in the draft, maybe the best. But falling out of the first round and being selected in the second round, the number really doesn’t matter where you get drafted – it’s about the fit.
Many first-time novelists end up rewriting their first two or three chapters, trying to get them ‘just right.’ But the point of the first draft is not to get it right; it’s to get it written – so that you’ll have something to work with.
Matt Hughes
You have to constantly work on your script if it needs it. You don’t accept, ‘Oh, I did a draft and…’ No, it’s your responsibility to work on the script as much as possible and make it better and better.
I had talked to a lot of people in Golden State’s front offices before the draft. They said they liked me, but they had a lot of guards, so I didn’t think that I would end up there.
I was terrified of the Vietnam War when I was 13. I thought I was going. The draft was such an ominous thing, I felt as if it was going to trickle down to me.
If you went and found my draft bio, I wasn’t supposed to play left tackle, and I sure as hell wasn’t supposed to play it for 12 years.
I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to be able to enjoy an afternoon fishing with my dad which is something we had done growing up a ton of times on Lake Michigan and it was funny that it kind of turned into an attention thing than I expected and even more than if I would have gone to the draft.
My first draft is always way too long; my books start out with delusions of ‘War and Peace’ – and must be gently disabused. My editor is brilliant at taking me to the point where I do all the necessary cutting on my own. I like to say she’s a midwife rather than a surgeon.
I cried most days working on the first draft. The last scenes were the hardest. I had a feeling where I wanted to end – the exact note – but I couldn’t see how to get there. Sarah Murphy, my editor, asked the right questions to help me. I think of ‘The Bear‘ as a hopeful book.
If you’re having trouble finishing a book, it might be that you’re trying to fix it as you go. Just finish the story, no matter how terrible you think that first draft is. Then let it cool off. In other words, don’t look at it for a while. Then you can rewrite it.
So in the first draft, I’m inventing people and place with a broad schematic idea of what’s going to happen. In the process, of course, I discover all sorts of bigger and more substantial things.
As you prepare for the draft, the first thing you do is evaluate the players you think will be coming out. Then you explore the possibility of either moving up or moving back.
Draft day is a hectic day, especially for draftees and, more or less, for management.
Draft night for me – I watched it in my dorm in college. And it started off with just me and a friend, because I knew I probably wasn’t going to get picked right away. I thought it was going to be a little later. But, you know, you watch the whole thing. You never know what might happen, so you gotta watch.
Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer, we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft, and started all over again.
While the web is very much the first draft of history, a rough-cut, it still has to be good journalism, well-sourced, reliable. Clearly, the printed form is going to have more effort put into it, going to be more reflective and relevant.
I’m happy to be here at the NBA Draft no matter where I go.
The Founders who crafted our Constitution and Bill of Rights were careful to draft a Constitution of limited powers – one that would protect Americans’ liberty at all times – both in war, and in peace.
I fell asleep during the draft, actually. I woke up, and I was picked No. 48. I didn’t even know what number I was picked.
Someday I would like to be the kind of writer who barrels through a draft, but I can’t even seem to barrel through an interview like this, so I imagine I have a long way to go.
I write very quickly; I rewrite very slowly. It takes me nearly as long to rewrite a book as it does to get the first draft. I can write more quickly than I can read.
I want to warn anyone who sees the Peace Corps as an alternative to the draft that life may well be easier at Fort Dix or at apost in Germany than it will be with us.
The hardest part of writing is the first draft, and the closer you get to your deadline, the messier your workspace becomes – but that’s the same with any creative outlet.
Write with abandon and no constraints for first draft. Cut brutally and save in separate files on second draft. Add conflict; don’t be afraid to make your characters suffer. Read what you love. Write what you love. Love.
A lot of people didn’t really think I’d make it until the draft. The people that hate, that’s a part of it. It makes me go out there and prove everybody wrong. I don’t really get caught up in what they say.
I love the draft process. I love the regular season. I love preparing for the games. I just love football.
I wrote a draft of ‘Playboy‘ for Warner Brothers, and it was impossible to really be independent of Hugh Hefner. In the end, Hugh Hefner was unable to take the back seat required to be able to write something about him that I felt I could do.
To summarize, draft resistance can make use of the inegalitarian nature of American society as a technique for increasing the cost of American aggression, and it threatens values that are important to those in a decision-making position.
In 1969, we decided we had to do certain things technically to win, and we decided to do them then, even though we knew some of the personnel couldn’t do it. In other words, instead of adapting the system to the players, we just installed our system. Then we set out to fill our team through the draft.
In high school, I told my trainer Keith I wanted to be the No. 1 player in the country and the No. 1 draft pick.
As flashy as draft picks are, the reality of them helping out in Year One anyway is not necessarily the case. That’s not the reality.
You have to remember one thing: Football is entertainment; it’s not life or death. Once the game is over, you’re already talking about next year and the draft. It’s just entertainment.
I think teams make the same decisions every year based on the same information and based on the same decision-making. I think a lot of it is flawed, but it’s the way they draft.
You’ve got to make the teams want to draft you.
Any team that wants to draft me is a blessing to me.
I received my draft notice right after graduation from college and had three months before going into the Army in September to think about it.
Whenever you’re coming out in the same draft class with anybody, you’re going to be compared to them, but I’m not super worried about that.
I got hurt my senior year of college. I ended up breaking my fifth metatarsal after I pulled out of the Draft. That was a good experience for me to kind of find myself, figure out a plan for post-basketball because obviously it doesn’t last forever.
If I follow the media and everyone that tries to set expectations for me because I’m a high draft pick, if I follow that, I will never become a great player.