The NFL Draft isn't about the dreams of just future football stars.
A Maryland teen will have the opportunity to fulfill his dream by announcing the Ravens' first-round pick Thursday in coordination with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the team confirmed Saturday.
TJ Onwuanibe, 14, learned Friday during an assembly at McDonogh School that he would announce Baltimore's No. 16 overall pick when a video from coach John Harbaugh played on the auditorium screen in front of his peers. The Ravens' cheerleaders and mascot even made an appearance at the school to help Onwuanibe celebrate.
"I heard that you asked Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to send you to the NFL draft, and your wish is to announce the Ravens' first pick," Harbaugh said. "Well, great news. Next week, your wish will be granted in Philadelphia at the draft. How about that!"
Onwuanibe was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in February 2015, though the eighth-grader's cancer is now in remission.