Unexpected Reigned In 1994
Trev recalls confusing and eye-opening draft day experience
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April 27, 2007
By Trev Alberts
Special to CSTV.com
Trev Alberts is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com.
CSTV football analyst Trev Alberts was the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. As the 2007 NFL Draft quickly approaches, Alberts recalls the experience of his big day that April afternoon 13 years ago.
I remember thinking I was a fairly high pick, but my agent, Ralph Cindrich, just did a masterful job of preparing me and my family for just about anything that could happen.
I was invited to
I remember sharing the draft day experience with family and friends and everybody was at my house in
So we sat down, had lots of food, started watching it unfold as planned. Pick No. 2 was Marshall Faulk and No. 3 was Heath Schuler. At No. 4, it was a little interesting.
I was flown to
So at No. 4, I was available. I also knew Willie McGinest was available. All the draftniks knew they were interested in him as well and McGinest was drafted at that point. I remember talking to my agent at that time and he said there was some indication that the Miami Dolphins and
So with my whole family there in
The Colts had moved up to the fifth slot and all the drafniks had surmised that the Colts were moving up to to take Trent Dilfer, who was still available and the Colts had just cut Jeff George. My family sees it's the Colts and they start booing. You have to remember they weren't the organization they are today.
I could sense some disappointment in my agent and I just remember being stunned that I was going to be a Colt. Right after that I went I remember going to the two different sporting goods stores in
Everything I did was very deliberate going into that draft. That was just what I had been taught. I felt like I had paid the price, I was prepared and I wasn't all that anxious. I knew that I was going to be drafted fairly high and that it would be to a team with specific needs. I knew it was going to be a lot different than
When the phone rang at five, I was stunned. I wasn't even paying attention. When I answered the phone and they said, "Hi Trev. This is so-and-so from the Indianapolis Colts." I was like, "Okay." They must have thought I was an arrogant, egotistical, maniacal individual - then again a lot of people think that anyway. I couldn't believe that I was going that high. People had me projected a lot of different places. I was kind of a tweener, an outside linebacker defensive endish type and teams either really love me or didn't like me all that much.
I remember I slept great the night before. I think it was because of my preparation. I just felt good about everything. I was together with the people I really cared about and I knew it was going to be a good day. This kid who graduated with 50 kids was about to get drafted in the NFL. I never even dreamed of it as a kid, it never really entered my mind. It just happened.