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His brother, Patriots running back Shane Vereen, warned him about how difficult the draft process will be and, at times, Brock said he lost sight of Shane’s biggest advice.
“He told me to have fun with the process and to really feel grateful to even be in this position in the first place,” Brock said. “It’s been a long process, that’s for sure. These four months felt like years.”
Brock will watch the draft with his family in California. His father, Henry, was drafted in the ninth round by Tampa Bay in 1979 before playing in the Canadian Football League. Shane, who went to Cal, entered the league in 2011 as the Patriots’ second-round choice. Mother Venita was a standout tennis player at UNLV, where she met Henry, and Brock described his childhood as competitive in an athletic environment. His favorite sport in elementary school was baseball, but he ditched it because it was “too sluggish” and focused on football when he was 12.
It turned out to be a good choice.
“It’s just a dream come true,” said Vereen about being an NFL draft pick. “A humbling moment to reflect on all the hard work it took to get to that point, but also a clean slate for what will hopefully be a long career.”
The Long Shot: Zach Moore
Most of the country will scratch their heads if Moore gets drafted, since he’s one of the obscure names that tend to pop up every year in later rounds. Concordia (St. Paul) hasn’t had a player taken in the NFL draft in the 45-year history of its football program.
Moore, who had a school-record 33 sacks at Concordia, was also the first Golden Bear to be invited to the combine. The 6-5, 269-pound defensive end ran the 40 in 4.84 seconds and posted a 10-yard split, which measures explosiveness off the snap, of 1.56 seconds. Moore felt satisfied by the performance.
The Chicago native had ambitions of playing Division I football coming out of Simeon Career Academy, where he went to school with Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Cowboys linebacker Martez Wilson, but Moore didn’t qualify academically. He was referred to Concordia by one of the college coaches recruiting him out of high school.
“I thought I would transfer, but when I got to Concordia I met a lot of great people, great professors, loved the coaching staff and developed some good relationships,” said Moore, who sat out one season because of academic ineligibility. “I wanted to give a small school a voice. It was a pretty good five years.”
Moore learned to play in different types of defenses at Concordia, but the three-time all-NSIC player has constantly been asked about the level of competition at Division II.
“People fail to realize that there’s competition at every level,” Moore said. “Just because it’s not publicized or broadcast on TV like some of these D-I schools, to me really it’s not that big of an adjustment.”
Moore will be watching the draft as the pride of not only Concordia but his family and neighborhood. He grew up in south Chicago in the Bronzeville district, which was once known as a hotbed for singers such as Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke. The area now evokes negative connotations along with the rest of south Chicago — gang violence, drugs and poverty. Moore said he didn’t have much growing up, but gave credit to his parents for properly guiding him.
“It’s hard to put that feeling into words,” Moore said. “It means much more to me that I’m representing not only myself but the school, the football [team], my family back home, Simeon High School and a lot of other things.”
|Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa||0||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||8|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson||1||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||2|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||2||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy||4|
|Houston - LP: S. Feldman||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: J. Samardzija||13|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||3||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: C. Kimbrel||2|
|San Diego - WP: T. Ross||13||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||3|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||1||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Garza||9|
|Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||2|
|Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski||1||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: A. Crow||2|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||6||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: G. Richards||4|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||4||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: H. Iwakuma||0|
|Real Salt Lake||3|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon|