The clock has been ticking for a while on former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray’s 15 minutes of fame, but the spotlight is about to grow brighter as he’ll feature prominently in ESPN’s coverage ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Ray, a Kansas City native and Bishop Miege graduate, will be featured Sunday on “SportsCenter.”
ESPN also announced Thursday that Ray will be one of six NFL prospects featured in the network’s Draft Academy, a four-week series that promises “a personal, behind-the-scenes look at top NFL Draft prospects.”
Ray’s at-times rocky upbringing and the role football played in turning around his life will be the focus of a story called “The Prospect,” which debuts during the 9 a.m. Sunday “SportsCenter.”
The segment will re-air throughout the day and a version also will posted at ESPN.com.
The Draft Academy series will kick off with an hour-long introductory episode at 6 p.m. April 14 on ESPN with episodes about the NFL Combine (April 21), school pro days (April 28) and the NFL Draft (May 5).
Ray, who set an MU record with 14 1/2 sacks and was chosen last fall as the SEC defensive player of the year, is widely expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft as one of the top available edge rushers.
Besides Ray, the other Draft Academy players are Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Georgia running back Todd Gurley, Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith and North Dakota State running back John Crockett.