TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Since he was a kid, East Gadsden grad Derrick Kelly has dreamed of this moment.
"I felt like I did what I had to do, came out here and showed the scouts exactly what I've been working on the past couple months," said Kelly.
For any football player, dreams of making it big time start when you're young. For Kelly, those dreams started, and now look to finish, alongside teammate, and North Florida Christian alum Jonathan Vickers.
"We've been teammates for five years," said Vickers. "It's always been good to look at him and know that there's someone alongside that's running the same race I'm running."
"Coming in with him and working out everyday, blood, sweat, and tears here at Florida State, one of our dream schools, I feel like this is a good accomplishment, coming out here and being able to compete," added Kelly.
Compete, and for this Big Bend duo, always representing where they came from.
"It's been great to stay home and perform and to train and to get out here and do what I can do to showcase for the next level," said Vickers.
Derrick: "You know, it's not too many athletes that come out of Gadsden County so I'm definitely happy to be able to represent them," added Kelly. "Being able to chase a dream, childhood dream, I already accomplished one playing here at Florida State, and now chasing another, playing in the NFL. I feel like it's a dream come true."
A dream come true, for two guys, from the 850. The 2019 NFL Draft starts April 25th.