Editor's note: Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery, last year's Outland Trophy winner and projected high first-round pick in April's NFL draft, will chronicle his pre-draft experiences for ESPN.com.
Parties, nightlife, warm weather, celebrities, just a typical day in the great state of Iowa.
Despite all of these temptations, I have been keeping a rather low profile since returning from the combine last week. The most exciting thing that happened to me since was when I discovered that Dickies had sent me some free clothes. Yes, the company that outfits almost every construction worker you have ever seen. I am being dead serious when I say this; they are my favorite clothing company. I also received a free custom made suit from a company in Los Angeles named Elevee. After mentioning it to my agency, Priority Sports, their marketing department somehow made all of this happen. Dickies and Elevee have great clothes, the quality is top notch, and they make clothes for guys who are a little bigger than most, like myself. If you don't believe me, visit each of their websites and purchase some things for yourself. (My next shipment should be coming any minute now)
Besides rocking the new wardrobe, I am continuing to train. I have decided to do the bench press at our upcoming Pro Day (March 8). I know last week I said that I probably would not. But after thinking about it, I just can't let 24 reps be what they permanently have down for me. Besides, I know I can easily get over 30, so it shouldn't be a problem.
I am looking forward to the Pro Day. Besides the drills and the normal testing routine I'll go through, I already have some interviews scheduled with a few teams. I enjoy speaking with teams as it allows me to show them what kind of person I am. It also gives me the opportunity to show them why I would be a great fit not only in their organization but in their community as well.
I am constantly being asked where I think I will end up in this draft, and honestly I have no clue. There is so much that can happen between now and draft day. Teams are still figuring out their top needs, free agency has just started, and teams very rarely tip their hand to show what they are planning on doing this early on. Quite frankly, I try not to even think about it. I am taking this whole experience one day at a time because it will be over before I know it. My goal all along has been to prove my worth and show why I am deserving of being one of the top selections. I think I have done that, so the rest is out of my hands. No matter where I end up next year, I'm looking forward to living out my dream of playing at the next level and being able to compete against the game's best.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be making some local appearances around Iowa. This is a chance for me to meet the fans, and say thank you for showing me so much support over my career. I will also be doing some promotions and advertisements for The Pat McGrath dealerships in Iowa. In exchange, they are allowing me the use of a brand new vehicle. However, like I said, I will not be getting rid of the old Buick. It has just become a classic, my weekend show car, so to say. At the end of the month I will be heading to Bristol, CT to shoot a commercial for my good friends at ESPN for their draft weekend package.
I have been flooded with all kinds of appearance requests since the end of the season. I've been very selective in what I have chosen to do. This is so not to spread myself thin, but more importantly so I can remain focused on my training and the task at hand.
I did forget one other cool thing that happened to me. Sports Illustrated wrote their review of the combine in one of their recent issues and it included a blurb, and picture, about me. The focus of the story concerned the growing trend of many of the top players not participating in the workouts there. They also examined how the "top guys," who did workout, faired. They said that I had one of the better overall performances and proved why I deserve to be one of the top picks. Not that magazines select who is drafted, but it does feel good to know that my work and skills are being recognized.
That's about all for this week, not much really has been going on. Next week I'll be able give you a recap of Pro Day.
Till then, I'll be patiently waiting for that next shipment. Actually, I'm going to go down and check the mail now.