‘Late Rounders’ chronicles path to back half of draft

The documentary "Late Rounders" is set to premiere at the Washington D.C. International Film Festival on Sunday.

Tis the time for draft analysis.

Coverage is more than comprehensive for the top picks and the inevitable shuffling and reshuffling of analysts’ mock drafts, but “Late Rounders” took a different approach and concentrated on five lesser known players who were projected to go on day two or three of last year’s class, if at all.

“The sixth and seventh rounds are the most stressful time,” says agent Tripp Lipton in the film. “It’s like, oh snap, he’s not going to get drafted.”

The five featured include three former Kentucky players – DT Corey Peters, RB Alfonso Smith and the Jets’ “Terminator” himself, FB John Connor. The remaining two players are former Louisiana-Monroe DE Aaron Morgan and Indiana CB Ray Fisher.

The film chronicles their journey from the end of their college seasons, to training for the Combine and pro days, up to draft day itself when they gather in a Kentucky sports bar to wait for a call.

“I was like, do I have service? Is my phone working,” said Peters after he was passed over by the Titans, the team he thought would select him. “After they passed on me, I was just like, man, it’s over.”

Peters eventually was taken in the third round by the Falcons, which was the highest of the five subjects.

“Late Rounders” is set to premiere at the Washington D.C. International Film Festival this Sunday and at the Atlanta Film Festival in May.

For more on the film and to watch the trailer go to www.laterounders.com.

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