USA TODAY Sports recruited 11 prospects to chronicle their journey to the NFL Draft. Today's entry is from Washington quarterback Keith Price, who passed for 8,919 yards and 75 touchdowns over four seasons and 46 games with the Huskies.
Russell Wilson texted me out of the blue about two years ago. He was moving to Seattle after the Seahawks drafted him and basically just needed somebody to throw with. I guess one of my old receivers at UW, Jermaine Kearse, gave him my number. Russell hit me up, and we scheduled a time to throw and he came up there. He spends so much time working at his craft. The competitive edge that he gets from watching film and being a true student of the game is what impresses me most.
We still shoot each other texts all the time. I actually talked to him the day before the Super Bowl. I didn't want to bother him – I was just trying to tell him good luck. But I talked it up with him for a minute and he was excited. I grew up a huge Broncos fan with John Elway and Shannon Sharpe and all of those guys, even though I lived in Los Angeles. (It's random, I know, but L.A. didn't have a team at the time and my Pop Warner team was the Broncos.) So, it was kind of hard watching the Super Bowl, but it's easy to root for the people you know.
When Russell was coming out of Wisconsin, he was definitely overlooked, kind of like I am now. The chip that he plays with, being a smaller quarterback – it really doesn't matter. Even if you're 6-4, you're not going to be able to see over 6-7 linemen. I'm sure Cam Newton has problems seeing over those big linemen, trust me. If you can play, you can play. It really doesn't matter where you get drafted either. The cream will always rise to the top. You can't control when you're going to get your opportunity. You can only control how ready you are for it.
I'm still training in San Diego, working out with Jordan Palmer and then on the weekends I go and work out with my quarterback coach, Steve Calhoun. There's not really anything major mechanically I need to straighten out. I do have a tendency of wanting to drop my elbow and sometimes the ball will sail on me. So, for me, it's just about making sure I'm consistent in hitting my release point and being 10-for-10 instead for 8-for-10.
My pro day is real late – not until April 2 – so I've kind of got to balance everything. I throw three, four days in a row, take a couple off and then back on it again. I've got a pretty good program. I'm just working my tail off, man. I'm grinding so hard and I'm so hungry. I'm making sure I'm ready for that day.
It's fun. It's not a lot of people in this world that can honestly say that they have this opportunity to try to capture their dreams. It's mind-boggling to know that I'm so close to fulfilling my dreams that I had when I was a little kid. To get an opportunity to play in the NFL and play the game I love – it's probably the best feeling in the world.
Follow Keith Price on Twitter at @KeithPrice17