Wylie graduate Clay Johnston will be watching this weekend’s NFL draft a little more closely than most.
That’s because the former Wylie Bulldog linebacker could hear his name called.
Johnston, who played his college ball for the Baylor Bears, has been going through the draft process, including attending the NFL Combine prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.
“I would like to get drafted,” Johnston said. “It would be a huge honor. I have talked to the majority of teams. I would be grateful to any team that would take a chance with me.”
Johnston played linebacker and running back for the Bulldogs and was named All-State in both his junior and senior years. He played middle linebacker for Baylor, and he collected a long list of awards at both the high school and college levels.
He said he doesn’t expect to hear his name called until the third day of the draft on Saturday, but if he is not drafted, he has had several teams say they would like to sign him after the draft as a priority free agent. If he goes undrafted, he will get to choose from the offers he receives.
Clay said he will watch the draft at home in Waco with his family.
I’m trying to not make a big deal,” he said. “It’s just a special moment.”
For more on Johnston and which team he will be with for training camp, see our story in the June issue of the Wylie Growl.