The NFL Draft is a week away and Chandler Harnish knows where he won't be: Sitting in front of a television.
Harnish, a standout quarterback at Norwell High School and Northern Illinois University, has piqued the interest of at least four NFL teams, but where, when and if he'll be drafted remains uncertain.
“I'll go golfing with my cousins and buddies or something, I'm not real sure what I'm going to be doing,” Harnish said. “The last thing I'm going to be doing is watching the draft. I'd drive myself crazy if I watch it. I'll have my phone on loud in case a team calls, and keep talking with my agent.”
Harnish set multiple passing records at Northern Illinois and had a good showing at the NFL Combine. In addition to Northern Illinois' Pro Day, he has had personal workouts with the Seahawks, Buccaneers, 49ers and Falcons. He flew out to Seattle last week for some personal interviews with team personnel.
“It went really well,” he said of the trip to Seattle. “It was an opportunity for me to get to know the coaches better and for them to get to know me a little bit. Overall, it was a good trip.”
Whether that trip foreshadowed his next football opportunity is anyone's guess, Harnish said.
“I don't think any team wants to show its cards, to be honest,” Harnish said. “If they fly you out there, obviously they do have an interest in you. But I don't think they even know if they can draft you. It all depends on how it works out, and how exactly the draft falls.”
Harnish said he feels he has done everything he can to make his case that he's an NFL-ready quarterback. He has generally been listed as the 11th- or 12th-best quarterback in the draft by various analysts and projected as a possible fourth- to sixth-round pick.
He has been working out with some of his Northern Illinois receivers to maintain his passing touch and to be ready to step on the field at rookie camp when the opportunity hits. He said each of his individual workouts with NFL teams went well.
“There was not one day where I had a bad day or even a marginal day,” he said. “I had good or even great days in all four workouts, so I felt good about that.”
Harnish is eager, but not overly anxious, for draft weekend to finally arrive.
“I'm ready to find out where I'm going and if I did accomplish my dream of getting drafted,” he said. “But, at the end of the day, as long as you get the opportunity that's what counts. You still have to make the team, even if you get drafted. When you do get to those rookie mini-camps, you want to hit the ground running.”