Eleanor Roosevelt Graduate Harvey Is Happy to Hear From Jacksonville
Sunday, April 27, 2008
From the recreation room in Kim Harvey-Gaston's house in Upper Marlboro, the first few selections of the draft seemed methodical enough.
Then, just as the Baltimore Ravens went on the clock, her son's phone rang.
It took a few minutes for the Jacksonville Jaguars to tell Derrick Harvey they had just made a blockbuster trade with the Ravens so they could select him as the No. 8 overall pick, but he was still on the phone when Commissioner Roger Goodell walked up to the podium.
"Coach, can you hold on a second so I can hear them call my name?" Harvey asked. And Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio obliged through the initial screams, celebratory hugs and tears.
"I just wanted to try and enjoy the moment," the Greenbelt native and All-Met at Eleanor Roosevelt said. "Just to let it all sink in."
Jacksonville not only swapped first round picks with the Ravens to snag the Florida defensive end, but gave up two third rounders (No. 71 and 89) and a fourth round selection (No. 125). Harvey said he was doubly excited to be chosen by Jacksonville, a team that plays 50 minutes from where he spent his collegiate career in Gainesville, Fla.
Another area player selected in the first round was Duane Brown of Virginia Tech. His agent told him when they spoke in the middle of the first round he might go early. Much earlier, in fact, than the fourth- or fifth-round projections Brown had received up to that point.
The tackle didn't want to get his hopes up, though, or the hopes of the family and friends that surrounded him at home in Richmond. But the moment the Houston Texans called to tell Brown he'd be the No. 26 pick overall, his composure was gone.
"I think I talked to four people when they called. I'm not really sure," said Brown, who will head to Houston this morning. "I don't really remember much after that. I was just so overwhelmed I couldn't even think. I'm not sure I can now."
Houston traded down from their original 18th overall pick to acquire Brown, whom they hope can transform into the stalwart left tackle the team has been looking for since the organization's inception. And although he only switched to left tackle from the right side at the beginning of his senior season, Brown is anxious to prove that the Texans made the right choice taking him so early.
Brown wasn't the only former Virginia Tech player to be surprised yesterday. Wide receiver Eddie Royal (Westfield) didn't realize the Denver Broncos were so fond of the multiple threats he could provide.
"I talked to [Denver] at the Super Bowl but I never really sat down with them. It was a complete shock when Coach [Mike] Shanahan called me," said Royal.
And that's exactly where Denver wants to see the speedy Royal, whose goal is to be the next NFL returner that opponents are scared to kick to. Royal set the Virginia Tech record for career all-purpose yards with 4,698.
Hard-hitting cornerback Brandon Flowers was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 35 overall, giving Virginia Tech three players to be selected in the first two rounds of the draft.