Former Auburn O-lineman getting ready for NFL draft

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - "It's been really busy and hectic and worrisome at times, but it's been an awesome experience," Austin Golson explained about the upcoming NFL draft.

Golson was one of the top offensive lineman in the country coming out of Prattville High School, now just looking for an opportunity at the next level.

"It's not how you get to the NFL, it's what you do when you get there. Don't get caught up in the first round, fifth round or free agent," he said. "You are going to get your shot if you are good enough to be in this situation. Staying patient and know my time is going to come. It's not going to be easy and there is going to be a lot of adversity and hard work I'm going to have to put in; at the end of the day, it will be worth it."

The former Auburn player has played four different positions on the Tigers O-line, making his versatility for the NFL undeniable.

"That's my biggest advantage," Golson said. "That it is helpful. NFL teams only carry seven or eight offensive lineman and if you've got a guy that can bump around and add similar positions or other spots on the 53 or whatever the case may be, it definitely helps."

Golson was able to play in both the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, which opened up the opportunity to have conversations with every NFL team about what they've seen from him in the trenches.

"Everybody brings up versatility. Everybody brings up toughness and how I've competed at a high level of college football, the highest level you can compete in for four years, in 50 games," Golson said.

Golson also has more than the draft going on right now. He and his wife are expecting their first child, a baby girl, on May 1, so every phone call in the coming days could either be about a new baby or a new NFL team.

"My family has been messing with me the past couple of weeks saying that I might get the phone call the same second my daughter is born and I'm like, that would relieve a lot of stress but at the same time there was a lot of stress building up to it," he said. "Me and my wife, we're extremely excited. We can't wait for her to get here."

One quirky thing about the 4-year SEC starter is he doesn't listen to music at all when he works out, proving he's a self motivated and focused athlete more than ready for the next level.

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday.

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