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Chicago Bears WR reveals brutal draft night prank - it involves Belichick's name

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Beyond the big names like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Amari Cooper, there are plenty of young players whose draft experiences are filled with concern - not with who they will play for, but whether they will get a shot in the league at all.

And, according to an anecdote relayed by Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Cameron Meredith this week, it appears there are plenty of people out there ready to cruelly play on their emotions.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Meredith revealed that he was the victim of a brutally cruel prank over the draft weekend that involved one iconic name - Bill Belichick.


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Talking of a meal he had with his uncle and friend on the second night of the draft, the 23-year-old revealed a phone call he received that would have gotten any young NFL hopeful's hopes up:

"The person called and said they were (Bill) Belichick and it was near the last pick of the third round," the quarterback-turned-receiver explained.

"The guy said, 'We're taking you with the next pick."

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As you can imagine, the news was met with great excitement by Meredith, and the Tribute describes how he was left in "disbelief" as he watched the reigning Super Bowl champs select a defensive end with their late third round pick. 

"They had the second pick in the fourth round the next day and so I was thinking, 'OK, maybe it is tomorrow," said Meredith this week.

Unfortunately, as we now know, the Patriots didn't use that pick on Meredith either, and he and his agent quickly realized it was nothing more than a vicious prank.


After going undrafted, Meredith has since found a home at the Chicago Bears and he enjoyed his best performance of the season in week five - catching four passes for 52 yards.

And, as he looks to make his way in the league, it is clear that horrible draft experience is a big motivating factor.

"That [phone call] just fueled the fire for me even more right there...I wanted to make it."

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