A year ago, Cordarrelle Patterson was transitioning from junior college to the University of Tennessee. Thursday, the wide receiver was selected in the first round in the NFL draft by the Vikings.
Marquise Goodwin's success in the long jump landed him in the Olympic Games last summer, but he's hoping the next uniform he dons is that of an NFL franchise.
Jets offensive lineman Austin Howard already plays the cello, and when his football days are over, he plans to tackle the piano.
The presence of loved ones both young (like 2-year-old Morris Claiborne) and old makes the NFL draft's first round an emotional evening.
The drama starts tonight, and we get a front row for the laughs and the tears as the future stars meet their new teams. This is what you need to know.