WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) -
The Super Bowl is over which marks the end of the football season and all eyes turn toward the NFL Draft.
On April 25th, football players across the country will be on the edge of their seats waiting to hear their name.
One of those players is a former Midwestern State Mustang.
After leading the Midwestern State football team as starting quarterback for two years, Layton Rabb is gearing up for the NFL draft.
“Right now I’m in New Jersey,” NFL hopeful Layton Rabb said. “Just working on improving my mechanics, throwing wise. Improve on the combine and those drills,just so I can perform my best and be ready when opportunities come.”
The 2019 draft class is widely considered a weak one for quarterbacks with only three guys, Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State, Drew Locke from Missouri and Kyler Murray from OU, projected to go in the first round in most mock drafts.
Even with that, Rabb says he expects to be an undrafted free agent but will carry a chip on his shoulder with any opportunity he gets.
“I knew that was going to be a knock on me," former MSU Texas QB Rabb said. “Playing division two football. But it is what it is, I did the most with my opportunities. I’m going to have to carry that chip on my shoulder and definitely use it as a motivation to have to prove everybody wrong that I can compete with the best of them so that is what I am trying to focus on, improving myself so that I can be the best quarterback that I can be.”
Rabb says one of the biggest things he has had to work on is taking snaps from under center because the Mustangs mostly worked from the shotgun formation.
But Rabb says he see a lot of similarities between his time at Midwestern State and being an NFL hopeful.
“That was good about my situation," Rabb said. "Being a walk-on, I had to earn every opportunity and make the most out of every chance I got.
“More than likely that will be my stepping stones hopefully in the NFL, sort of be a walk-on, a free agent or rookie mini camp type guy. So bring that work ethic and try to improve myself every day.”
After walking on at MSU Texas, Rabb became a star in his final two years winning six offensive player of the week awards and being named the Lone Star Conference player of the year this past season.
But even with those individual accolades, Rabb says it’s the team success that he will cherish the most from his time as a Mustang.
“We had a long tradition of winning and we definitely kept that going when I was a two year starter there," Rabb said. "So just being a part of a winning program and trying to take the program to new heights is something that I was pretty happy to be a part of.”