Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 27, 2013

James Cook: TC's Keyton hopes to hear name called at draft

Darren Keyton says he’s not nervous.

“Not yet,” the Traverse City West product said. “Just keeping things normal and doing the same old stuff. We’re enjoying the weather and grilling.”

Today could be the day he gets some of the biggest news of his relatively young life. The Central Michigan University offensive guard is hoping to hear his name called on the third day of the NFL Draft.

But before that, he was able to see one of his teammates announced as the first overall selection Thursday when left tackle Eric Fisher was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It was really cool,” Keyton said. “It was crazy. Just unreal to think that the last four years, we’ve been playing together and roommates for a year. Basically hanging out and being brothers for the last four years.”

Keyton was named CMU’s Offensive Upfront Co-Player of the Year along with Fisher last season.

Fisher was the top pick in a draft class that is being dominated by linemen on both sides of the ball.

“We knew he was going to be one or two. I always kind of felt he’d go No. 1. He had a lot of workouts penciled in. And he saw the Chiefs maybe a day after our pro day. It wasn’t a shock to see it. ESPN was beyond shocked about it.”

Keyton received his Little Caesars Bowl championship ring Friday, the second bowl ring of his collegiate career.

Keyton said he’s been contacted in the last week by Houston, Tennessee and Philadelphia. Cincinnati has also previously shown interest, among other teams.

“It’s all just making sure they have my info right for draft day,” Keyton said of the calls from the Texans, Titans and Eagles. “I’m on their board, so that’s all that matters.”

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