Dear students and staff at the University of
It is with great sadness that I inform you all that I
will be foregoing my senior year of eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
I feel confident that I will get drafted, even with my
limited experience playing football. I only played my senior year of high
school, but I feel like my talent is at a high enough level that I can compete
with the best of the best. UWSP Football Coach Tom Journell acted confused when
asked about my intent to pursue my dream.
“Who are we even talking about?” Journell said. “I
don’t even know Will Rossmiller. I don’t think we can really miss a player
that’s leaving if they never actually played on the team. Best of luck to the
kid, but there is no way he gets drafted.”
ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper gave me a 0 on the 0 to 100
scale that he uses to grade draft prospects, the lowest grade ever given to a
“Will Rossmiller may be the worst prospect to ever
actually enter the draft,” Kiper said. “He would be lucky to not get picked
last in a pick-up football game, let alone get drafted. If a team selects him,
it would be the biggest shock in NFL draft history.”
But I won’t let these testimonies get me down. I think
that my numbers, accomplishments and intangibles speak for themselves. In high
school I played tight end, amassing a total of one catch for negative seven
yards. I do hold the record at Wausau East High School as the all-time leader
in least receiving yards in a career.
My height and weight may not be ideal for the position
of tight end at the NFL level, as I am only 5 feet 11 inches and weigh only 155
pounds. The average NFL tight end is 6-foot-3- inches and 240 pounds. I will
make the move to wide receiver and try my luck there.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t invited to the NFL draft
prospect combine. Instead I scheduled my own pro day, held in the UWSP weight
room. I posted my lifting numbers and finished my other measurables in the
Multi Activity Center. The crowd was sparse for my workout, as only my agent
Gus Merwin and a couple of custodians were present.
I was able to put up 100 pounds in the bench press five
times. In comparison, the most reps by a receiver in the NFL combine this year
was 26 reps of 225 pounds. My 40-yard dash time may also leave something to be
desired. This year’s top time for a receiver at the combine was 4.27 seconds. I
was able to run it just a second slower, with a time of 5.27 s
Vertical leap is also a key measurable at the combine.
I also attempted it at my pro day. The top NFL prospect was able to jump 39.5
inches at the combine. My vertical leap was 12 inches.
I’m confident that some team could find use for me. I
may not have traditional talents, but I could always help a team. I can be
great at carrying water bottles to players, and I also would help with players’
confidence when they see how bad they could be.
If any teams would like to contact me about possibly
coming in to show off my talents, please contact my agent Gus Merwin. You can
reach him at his email, email@example.com.