For as long as Kyle Frazier can remember, his dream has been to sign with a team in the National Football League. And while the lofty aspiration is a long shot — less than 1 percent of athletes that play high school football make an NFL roster — Frazier's goal could be realized sometime during the next few months.
“It has always been something I've wanted to do since I started my football career,” he said. “Once I decided I was going to go for this, I've given it my all. Hopefully, something good happens.”
While the 2008 Damascus High School graduate and current Monmouth (N.J.) University grad student is realistic about his admittedly slim chances, it appears that a few NFL teams have taken interest. Frazier said he felt like he performed “pretty well” for scouts from the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets during the Hawks' pro day on March 12, and held private workouts with the Jets and New York Giants last week.
Statistically, of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster, according to the NFL Players Association's website (www.nflplayers.com). Of the 9,000 players that play in college, according to the site, only 310 are invited to the NFL scouting combine, the pool from which teams draft players.
The fact Frazier, who was not invited to the combine, is coming from a small college program also limits his national exposure. But there are plenty of professional football players that have found success from the non-Bowl Championship Series Conference programs, including Monmouth graduate and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, who went undrafted in 2006.
Frazier, who led Damascus to state titles in 2005 and 2007 with coach Dan Makosy, will graduate as Monmouth's all-time leader in passing attempts, completions, completion percentage and second in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense. Last fall was his best collegiate season in the shotgun spread offense, completing more than 67 percent of his passes for 2,431 yards and 17 touchdowns. Frazier also is mobile in the pocket and can run the zone read effectively, according to Monmouth offensive coordinator Scott Van Zile.
“He's got a lot of things working for him and just has to polish them up,” said Van Zile, who also praised Frazier's mechanics. “He's played four years as the primary starter and I think that benefits him. Physically, he's got good size and versatility. The biggest thing will be if he can get into a camp with an opportunity. ...
“The thing about Kyle is that if he's put on that stage, he can go out in a mini camp — I'd be shocked if he didn't impress.”
Added Frazier: “I've been told that I would be a free agent kind of thing. Not many guys get this opportunity, but it can be realistic — I'm not coming from Alabama — for small school kids like Miles Austin. ... It's getting more and more realistic.”
Frazier, a first team All-Gazette quarterback in 2007, has drawn inspiration from his brothers, Gregg, an assistant at Damascus, and Connor, a sophomore quarterback at Towson University. Gregg, in fact, helped Kyle promote himself and find an agent, Warren Schmidt, of the ProStar Sports Agency.
Frazier also has been receiving instruction from former NFL quarterback Scott Brunner in preparation for workouts. Frazier says his biggest adjustment has been taking snaps from under center.
“I'm working on, and have to improve on, everything,” Frazier said. “But going under center is just one of the big things to get used to again and coming out with three, five and seven step drops.”
If football does not work out, Frazier will be well-prepared for life. He is currently finishing his master's degree in homeland security and hopes to pursue a career with the government. But for now, only football is on his mind.
“I haven't really thought about anything else,” he said.
The NFL draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in New York City.