Draft Quotes by Joe Burrow, Colleen McCullough, Jason McCourty, Roger Goodell, Shaquem Griffin, Ivan Reitman and many others.
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.
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.
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 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.
that Tom Brady wasn’t chosen
until the sixth round of the NFL draft, after teams passed over him
again and again.
I have to write a first draft with a fountain
pen before I type
it up as a second.
I draft quickly
and then revise, a lot.
a first draft to anyone’s ears other than your own is indecent
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 pro days, that’s great but it’s not football.
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.
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
the next game.
after the draft was probably the most fun I’ve ever had, because all I had to do every day
up and go work out
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’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.
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.
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
I’m not a believer
in bringing back the draft. But I am a huge
proponent of national service.
Some writers sit down without
a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft.
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.
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
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
I will never support a draft.
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
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
. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money
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
Before the Civil
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.
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.
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
, 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
, especially if you have one that goes right after you, so it’s kind of always, I guess everybody thinks you’re competing
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.
We draft mostly high school kids
and we have one of the finest
, if not the finest, player development programs
staffs and we teach our players the right way to play. We also have a game plan
, 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.
. 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
In the draft plan, we’re looking at recycling
20 percent of our garbage
I write with pen and paper, my first draft, on legal pads
After I finished my first draft of ‘Salvage
,’ I felt
that I wasn’t political enough. I had to be more honest about the realities
of the community
I was writing about.
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
We have an incredible
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.
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
out I’m here.
I was fortunate
enough to do a docu-series throughout the draft process, but I did that to show the behind-the-scenes stuff.
I’m against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller
, but it would be
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
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
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.
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
Cincinnatus to run for president via
draft. It flopped, spectacularly.
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
Lee in the summer of 2001. I wrote a draft for Spike and he was really good to me.
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.
a player in the draft is something we always look forward
I think how veterans
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
. 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
to be here at the NBA Draft no matter where I go.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
to set expectations for me because I’m a high draft pick, if I follow that, I will never become a great player