Hey folks. Dan here. North Rockland’s Brandon Hepburn got drafted today. Here is my story:
Things did not look good for Brandon Hepburn with 10 picks remaining in the National Football League draft on Saturday.
The North Rockland graduate never lost faith through it all though, and in the seventh round the Detroit Lions selected the inside linebacker with the 245th pick overall in the draft.
“It’s really been a roller-coaster ride and I’m glad I landed in a good place,” Hepburn said.
Hepburn, who played collegiately at Florida A&M, said the Lions had shown interest in him throughout the entire draft process, calling him around five to seven times over the past 36 hours.
“It’s awesome to have a little bit of job security when it comes to this volatile job market that is the NFL,” Hepburn said.
The Lions have a history of taking local talent in the draft. Detroit drafted Roosevelt graduate Doug Hogue in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft. Hogue spent his rookie year on special teams and was released after week 7 of the 2012 season. He re-signed with the Carolina Panthers, where he currently plays.
Hepburn will head to Detroit within the next week to get aquatinted with the city, study the playbook and prepare for rookie camp.
“I was extremely excited and humbled by the entire opportunity that I’ve been given,” Hepburn said. “Now it’s time to make the most of it.”