How I Made it Through The NFL Draft
Playing in the NFL has been a dream of mine since the 4th grade. I spent four years in college trying to put together great film with every game I played at Cal, hoping that my NFL dreams would come true. I even left Cal a few months early to train for the combine in Florida. It felt like all those years of work came down to this one day —Draft Day 2007.
The day of the draft I sat around the TV at my childhood home in Los Angeles surrounded by my mom, dad, brother, sisters and a few friends. I started off in good spirits, laughing, joking, and eating with everybody. I was confident based on my performance in college and skills I spent years building that I would get drafted in the first round or even the second.
The first round went by and my name wasn’t called. I started to feel anxious, yet hopeful for the second round.
The second round went by and I didn’t hear my name. It felt like my dream was about to be over. Why wasn’t my name being called? I felt like no team liked me or wanted me.
It felt like the longest day of my life. Every name that wasn’t mine ate away at my hope and confidence.
Then came the 85th pick of the third round...
“With the 85th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Brandon Mebane, defensive tackle, University of California.”
I thought, “Finally!”
I can’t describe the relief I felt at that moment. Everyone in my house was jumping up and down. Cheering. Hugging. My brother ran outside and screamed.
It wasn’t until around 9pm that I got the call I’ll never forget from Mike Holmgren saying, “Welcome to the Seahawks!” He was a legend to 22 year old me. He still is.
I was so shocked the Seahawks picked me. Based on the questions in the combine interviews I thought a different team would’ve picked me. But it was a pleasant surprise.
The next day I went to church with my family to give thanks to God. My dad was so proud that he wore a Seahawks polo. Immediately after church I got on a plane to Seattle for a press conference. A week later I moved to Seattle and the rest is history.
Draft Day 2017
To all the young players nervously awaiting draft day...
You can't control it. Things might not go the way you plan, but God's plan is greater than yours. I thought I was going to be drafted in the first round, but wasn’t. It worked out the way God intended. Ten years later I'm a Super Bowl champion, starting my 11th season, and still going strong with the LA Chargers. #BoltUp