Joseph Randle will be surrounded by family and friends in his hometown of Wichita, Kan., this weekend as the former Oklahoma State running back and All-Big 12 performer waits to get “the call” from the NFL team that drafts him.
As a projected middle-to-late-round selection, Randle only visited the Dallas Cowboys during the pre-draft process. He also mentioned the Houston Texans as a team that has shown interest.
“Those are the teams that really like me the most,” Randle said. “Obviously, I have no clue where I'll be going, but those are the teams that like me the most.”
Randle talked with The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell on Friday about his draft possibilities, what most went into his decision to leave OSU early and what he'll most remember about his time as a Cowboy.
Q: Are you more excited or nervous heading into this weekend?
A: Yeah, it's more exciting. I'm excited to see where I'll be living, where I'll be playing football at and who I'll be playing for. It's definitely a dream come true getting a chance to play in the league.
Were you surprised that no running backs were taken in the first round?
That's just how it is with running backs. But there will definitely be some coming off soon, though.
Does that make you uneasy about where you will end up? It seems like that would cause the entire position group to get knocked down a peg.
I'm definitely not worried about it. Whoever ends up with me, they'll have a good running back and I'll get excited to play for them.
What's been the most challenging part of the pre-draft process?
It's really just being patient and waiting to figure out everything. That's a long job interview. Think about if you had to wait for a job for four months. It's long, drawn out. And then when it's finally over, you can finally get back to doing what you're accustomed to doing, where you're comfortable in a program and just working hard and getting ready for the season.
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