Kentucky's Bud Dupree, projected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick, will achieve a longtime goal when his name is called in Chicago later this month.
But he told USA Today that he's just as proud of another achievement that will come less than two weeks afterward when he graduates from college.
"I feel like both are amazing accomplishments," he told USA Today. "The draft, I've been looking forward to the draft since I was a little kid. But at the same time, graduating from college is a once in a lifetime thing."
Dupree, a 6-foot-4, 269-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL Combine, has continued to juggle preparing for the draft and his schoolwork.
"It's not just making myself proud, it's making my family proud," said Dupree, who told USA Today that he has made visits to at least nine teams, including the Ravens, Rams, Cowboys and Falcons.
There are several pass rushers projected as first-round picks in this year's draft.
Dupree said in the report that his size makes up for less lofty statistics compared to the others.
"I'm bigger and faster than all those guys," Dupree said. "I'm more explosive than all those guys, and I can play the run and the pass, and I show a lot of cover skills. My numbers probably don't show it as much as those other guys, because I played in a scheme where I put myself after my team, and didn't worry about myself personally. I made sure I did what the scheme told me to do."
Ready for a comeback
Another former Kentucky defender, Danny Trevathan, told Mile High Report that he's healthy again and ready to return to the form that made him the Denver Broncos' leading tackler two seasons ago. He missed most of last season with injuries.
"I'm going to play with emotion, I'm going to play smart, I'm going full speed," he said. "We're going to be fast and physical, a lot more aggressive. We're going to give fans what they want this year."
Trevathan said he's looking forward to playing in the 3-4 scheme that new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is implementing.
"Making plays is what linebackers are designed to do. We are like the quarterbacks of the defense, and I'm just itching to get out there. ... I've got a lot of attitude. Off the field, I have a good heart, but on the field, I just want to put the hammer down on someone."
Packers reboot with Cobb
Ex-Cat Randall Cobb, with a new contract under his belt, said the Green Bay Packers have put last season's disappointing playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks behind them.
"We haven't talked about it," he told the media at the team's start of its offseason conditioning program. "Nobody has brought it up. This is Day 1. We're going to build off today and continue to look forward."
"All of us are excited for this new journey," he said in a report on the Packers' website. "This is the time we build individually. It's voluntary, but we have a lot of guys looking to get better."
Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
"I knew this is where I wanted to be," Cobb said of the four-year, $40 million deal he signed that enabled him to avoid free agency. "I feel like we're right there. We're ready to bring a Super Bowl back to Green Bay."