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Rival Report 5/2: Best draft day reactions from NFL prospects

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The NFl Draft has come and gone, and it is easy to get caught up in evaluations and critiques of your favorite team's newest players. However, one of the best parts of the NFL draft often has nothing to do with your team and everything to do with the fact that a person's lifelong dream just came true.

Today's Rival Report is here to highlight some of the best reactions that we saw throughout the NFL draft. It is important to appreciate life and it's nuances, and the reactions of these rookies shows that in a way that you don't often get to watch. From one prospect's favorite team drafting him, to another going way earlier than he ever thought, and another that didn't get drafted that has a terrific response with his family.

My personal favorite out of all these is the last one actually. Oklahoma Linebacker Eric Striker had an extremely productive college career but draft scouts didn't like his size so he went undrafted. Since then he has signed with the Buffalo Bills as an UDFA but at the time this video was taken the draft had ended without his name being called.

Striker's emotional reaction to this moment is incredible to watch. He thanks his family while on the verge of tears for their support despite him not being drafted. He didn't have his dream come true during the draft, but he shows true character and perseverance while standing tall afterwards.

Another reactions that I am highlighting are that of German receiver Mortiz Boehringer who only got into football after finding a youtube video of Adrian Peterson just  a few years ago. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings so he gets to have his dream realized and play with the very person who got him interested in football to begin with. It is a touching moment that really brings home that these are real people with intense emotions.

The other two reactions are that of DT Chris Jones who went to the Chiefs (DAMN IT.) and Jaylon Smith who went to the Cowboys. Both of these reactions are from high character guys who let their emotions show on their sleeves. Enjoy!

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