NFL Draft 2022: Greg Olsen remembers the experience, thinking he’ll be chosen by the Jets, beginners advice

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Greg Olsen played a tight end in the NFL for 14 seasons with the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.

The Pro Bowler who retired three times after the 2020 season opened up to Fox News Digital in a recent interview about what he remembers from the time he was selected in the NFL draft.

The Bears family picked Olsen with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2007 draft. The New Jersey native played college football at Notre Dame. He said that what he remembers most is the whole day.

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Chicago Bears’ Greg Olsen looks on during training July 30, 2007, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
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“What I remember most was at the time, there were 20 minutes between each pick. When you are the 31st choice, it takes a long time to go from one to 31. It was a long day, nearly six hours and five half hours, until I was chosen. Fox News Digital said.

“It’s been a long, stressful day, so I heard Chicago calling my name and realizing that everything I’ve worked on over the past few years to get drafted and get a chance to play in the NFL and go to a city like Chicago, which was just appearing in the Super Bowl a few months ago. He went to a great team, learned a lot, lived in a great city with great fans, just the whole idea of ​​knowing that everything that led to it ultimately turned out to be the best – the case scenario was something 15 years later that I still remember.”

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Bears' Greg Olsen warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 28, 2008, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Bears’ Greg Olsen warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 28, 2008, at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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Olsen was the first screwed end of the board. He said he thought the New York Jets might have been his landing point since he visited the organization before enlisting. However, the planes traded in exchange for the Panthers’ No. 14 selection and Daryl Reeves’ selection.

“I thought the planes were a real possibility. I visited a draft there. I thought that was a real possibility. I thought the top 15, they were right in the 15 or so range. What happened in the end, there was trade. Panthers and planes actually.” The jets traded from the 20s and went to 14 and took Daryl Reeves and the Panthers back.”

“I didn’t think I was going to the Giants. They had (Jeremy Shoeki). He was one of the best players in the league at the time, but I thought the Jets was a real possibility. They ended up taking Daryl Reeves so I think they got it right.”

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Olsen, who currently works as a FOX NFL announcer and recently partnered with Bud Light to give fans $15 million if they can accurately predict the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, had some advice for these young rookies coming into the league.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve learned and the most important thing I tell the guys who are coming out is not to try to read. Don’t try to predict everything. Don’t try to analyze every conversation, every fake draft, every draft board. Don’t get involved in it because it will drive you crazy,” he said. .

Former player Greg Olsen watches the Carolina Panthers-Philadelphia Eagles game at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Former player Greg Olsen watches the Carolina Panthers-Philadelphia Eagles game at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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“I’ve never met the Bears. I’ve never met Luffy Smith and (then general manager) Jerry Angelo, and they end up drafting my first round. To predict the behavior of teams… There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and game skill and strategy. Don’t get caught up in That. The place to go is the right fit for you if it’s supposed to be. Once you’ve been chosen, the real work begins now. You have to get to that facility, get in with this team and start earning your selection draft. That’s the real work these guys have been waiting for. “.

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The 2022 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas starting Thursday.

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