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Southward still working for NFL dream

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MADISON (WKOW) - If it was like years past, football fans would be counting down the hours until the 2014 NFL Draft, instead they're still counting down the weeks. Last offseason NFL commissioner Roger Goodell decided to push the Draft into May (8-10). So this year NFL hopefuls have more time to pass before becoming a member of an NFL team. Former Badgers safety Dezmen Southward is using the time to continue working out. He pumps iron at Wisconsin's team facilities multiple times a week with his former teammates Jared Abbrederis, Jacob Pedersen, Ethan Hemer and Chris Borland. Southward hasn't been a part of a team since his college career came to an end in the Capital One Bowl on January 1, so finding motivation to work hard every day can be difficult, but that's where his former teammates have come in.

"I think working out with our guys Abby [ Jared Abbrederis], [Chris] Borland, Ped [Jacob Pedersen], James White before he left, it makes it easy because you see all these guys who are hungry and you're hungry as well," Southward said.

At any moment, Southward could hear from an NFL team wanting him to make a spur of the moment trip to their team facilities for an interview. So far he's visited five NFL teams, with another trip set up this week. His top selling point is his work ethic.

"I'm a guy that will work and work and work until I get better and when I get better I'm going to work some more to get even better. That's the type of person I am and I think that's the type of person every organization wants," Southward said.
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