Former Carver High standout DeQuan Menzie said during this past football season that if he didn't go the NFL, he would become a physical therapist.
The physical therapy career will have to wait.
The former Alabama all-American was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. The five-foot-10, 195-pounder was the 11th pick in the round and the 146th player taken overall.
Meanwhile, former Glenwood standout Cody Pearcy was not taken in the draft. But shortly afterward, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Former Shaw and Georgia standout Bruce Figgins wasn't taken in the draft either, but according to his agent, the fullback signed with the Baltimore Ravens late Saturday.
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said that Menzie, who spent the first two college seasons at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College, was ready to play in the NFL right away.
This past season Alabama, which won the BCS national championship, Menzie led all Tide cornerbacks with 11 pass breakups. He returned his only interception for a touchdown in a win over Arkansas.
The Alabama defense finished the 2011 season ranked among the best all-time.
" During the season and stuff like that it's just non-stop. You really don't get time to recognize all that," said Menzie, who was asked about the talent on the Bama defense. "After it's all said and done, you're like, 'Dang, we had a lot of players on our team that were drafted. And we've had a lot of talent on the team.' You really don't notice that during the season."
The Chiefs also drafted one of Menzie's predecessors in the Tide secondary, Javier Arenas, after the 2010 season. Menzie helped Carver and coach Dell McGee win the 2007 Class AAA state championship.
He was an all-state player that season.
Pearcy, the Huntingdon College wide receiver who exploded onto the draft day picture with an impressive workout at Alabama State's Pro Day, signed a 3-year contract with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent.
A couple of teams offered Pearcy a contract, and once he'd been offered, Pearcy, his agents at Universal Sports and his family spent some time poring over rosters and draft picks to find the best fit.
"It took a little bit of time going over rosters and draft selections," Pearcy said. "Had to go back and do our homework pretty much."
Pearcy, a Phenix City native and Glenwood graduate, settled on the Falcons, a team that wants to use the 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver in the slot and in the return game.
A lifelong Falcons fan, Pearcy can't believe his childhood team and the best fit for his shot at an NFL career happened to match each other.
"It's just really stressful, waiting for that phone call, and then you finally get it," Pearcy said. "Man, it's a dream come true. It's truly a blessing."