McKINNEY – For NFL prospects, the time between their last snap in college and Draft Day is all about going faster, higher, and stronger.
“This is a transition period from being a student-athlete to being, hopefully, a professional in the NFL,” says Michael Johnson, founder of Michael Johnson Performance.
26 prospects were training Wednesday at the Michael Johnson Performance Institute in McKinney. Draft prep has become so vigorous that many prospects, like TCU safety Derrick Kindred, dropout of school to prep full time.
“We’re here from 7 am to 5 pm,” says Kindred. “Of course, when you are on the team, you’ve got to look after the whole team, so it feels pretty good just to have responsibilities for myself only.”
One of the biggest tests at the NFL combine is the 40-yard dash. These guys are getting tips from someone who knows a little something about speed; Michael Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and still the world record holder in the 400 meter.
“The training here is all rooted in my training philosophy and what enabled me to win gold medals at three different Olympics,” he says.
If these guys are successful and get drafted, they will face a whole new set of challenges, like how to not end up as the next Johnny Manziel.
But to deal with fame and fortune, you’ve gotta become rich and famous and that’s what the work here today is for.