Arlington ISD players prepping for special honor at NFL Draft

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Football players from six Arlington schools are inside the stadium prepping for a special NFL Draft honor on Thursday.

The young athletes will get to take the stage along with the NFL commissioner during the first round of the draft picks.

For many high school football players, getting a chance to play pro ball in the future would be a dream come true.

For 12 Arlington ISD football players from six schools across the district, they're getting a once in a lifetime chance to rub elbows with the big boys. Some of them have been practicing ways to get the player's attention.

The student-athletes have been handpicked by their coaches to take part in the 2018 NFL Draft being held at AT&T Stadium.

The students are: Brian DeClercq, Kyron White, Jacob Dollar, Joshua Bolden, Brayden Willis, Sorrell Brown, Josiah Mercado, Hunter Harris, Xavier Gordon, Jorge Barrera, Ty DeArman and Antonio Greer.

“He said we were going to be an ambassador,” White said. “But I didn't know what all came with it.”

“I want to record, and I want to see myself on TV,” Greer said.

“The draft is so big and everyone in the world is gonna be watching,” DeArman said.

Six of the players will accompany NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the red carpet.

“When I was a little bit younger, I was like, ‘I want to shake this man's hand,’” Mercado said.

The other six players will be on stage when the Dallas Cowboys make their selection with the nineteenth overall pick. The young men say they're humbled and honored to be in the same room as some of the men they look up to.