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Think about the toughest job interview you’ve ever had. Now imagine that interview was monitored by more than 30 million people worldwide, and involved, somehow, being measured and judged in your underwear. For hundreds of 20- to 22-year-olds every spring, this is an unblinkingly natural part of vying for a roster spot in the NFL. Every week SI’s Draft Season will take you behind the scenes of this crazy and fascinating world of the NFL draft.






Gabe Marks, the quote machine | S2, Episode 6

Gabe Marks has spent his entire football career hearing how he’s too small and too slow, but no one could ever accuse him of having too little personality. The Washington State wideout earned a reputation for telling it like it is at press conferences throughout his college career, leading to more than a few viral moments. Now he's preparing to be drafted into the NFL, where teams tend to look a little less fondly on unexpected headlines from outspoken players. In the final episode of the...

Duration: 00:31:58

West Georgia's NFL long shots | S2, Episode 5

To get to the University of West Georgia in tiny Carrollton, Alex Armah had to drive 88 miles from his parents’ house in Dacula, Ga. Dylan Donahue, meanwhile, had to go on a cross-country odyssey that included an NAIA school, a lost season spent on multiple roofs and a junior college. But once Armah and Donahue became teammates along the defensive line at West Georgia in 2015, they clicked immediately. When SI's Andy Staples went to visit them in the lead up to the draft, they’re fighting...

Duration: 00:25:09

Zach Banner, big man on a mission | S2, Episode 4

At USC, 6' 9" offensive lineman Zach Banner nearly topped 400 pounds. Now he's trying to prove to the NFL that he can trim his weight down to a more reasonable number—and keep it there. Lindsay Schnell chronicles Banner's quest, from an upbringing in which he always stood out to a pre-draft process in which he is working to fit into the NFL mold.

Duration: 00:27:11

Jermaine Eluemunor, foreign import | S2, Episode 3

The MMQB’s Emily Kaplan tells the story of offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor’s cross-continental evolution from a football-fascinated child in North London to the latest in Texas A&M's long line of NFL-ready offensive linemen.

Duration: 00:20:31

Jamal Adams, the top-10 pick | S2, Episode 2

If anyone in this year's NFL draft is prepared for the pressure and expectations that come with being a top-10 pick, it's Jamal Adams. On the second episode of Draft Season's second year, SI digs deep on Adams to chronicle the making of a sure-thing first-rounder. In-depth interviews with Jamal’s family and mentors, as well as former LSU coach Les Miles and two-time Super Bowl champion Ryan Clark, reveal the big plays that put him on the national radar and the pedigree that has readied him...

Duration: 00:25:46

Austin Carr, Walk-On Warrior | S2, Episode 1

Draft Season returns for a second season as Sports Illustrated takes you behind the scenes of the crazy world of the NFL draft through the eyes of some of its most unique prospects. In this year's first episode, Joan Niesen goes inside the mind of Northwestern WR Austin Carr, a former walk-on turned potential draft sleeper who wears many hats: musician, comedian, master's student, part-time philosopher ... and reigning Big Ten Receiver of the Year. Some NFL teams may be skeptical, but the...

Duration: 00:22:06

Welcome back to Draft Season

Top prospects all face the same landmarks on their way to the NFL draft, but they each take their own unique path to get their. Each pick is a player. Each player has a story. Get ready for the return of Draft Season, a podcast miniseries from Sports Illustrated.

Duration: 00:01:19

Episode 5: John and Nathan Theus, the brothers entering the NFL

John and Nathan Theus were born 18 months apart, and they have been virtually inseparable ever since. They played on the same football team at the Bolles (Fla.) School before both starting at the University of Georgia. In Athens, they honed their skills as an offensive tackle and a long snapper, respectively, and dreamed of one day making the NFL. Now, the brothers are seeking to join the league in the same year for the first time since Tiki and Ronde Barber did it in 1997. There is no...

Duration: 00:25:23

Episode 3: Trevone Boykin, the player asked to switch positions

For the past two seasons, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has been one of the most dynamic college football players in the country. However, with the 2016 NFL draft coming up, Boykin is facing pressure to make the move from quarterback to receiver. In the third episode of Draft Season, SI’s Lindsay Schnell speaks with Boykin and those around him as he prepares for the pros. Is he ready to give up the role he has cherished his entire life?

Duration: 00:24:41

Episode 2: Javon Hargrave, the small-school standout

Javon Hargrave has proven his football talent at every level. But the dominant defensive tackle’s road to the NFL draft ran through South Carolina State, a program that produces only a handful of prized prospects per decade. Away from the bright lights of big-money college football, Hargrave’s success as a pro will be forever linked with the program that stuck with him when the powerhouses of the sport looked elsewhere. In the second episode of Draft Season, SI’s Chris Burke visits...

Duration: 00:24:16

Welcome to Draft Season

The NFL Draft goes deeper than seven rounds. Each pick is a player. Each player has a story. Get ready for Draft Season, a new miniseries from Sports Illustrated. http://si.com/draftseason for more information.

Duration: 00:02:21