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Hatton's Path to the Draft

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Jonathan Hatton loves to prove he can play.

Tt all started when he left John Tyler, to walk on at Tyler Junior College.

"They just ran us for hours, like dogs, run us and try to make us quit," recalled Hatton.

Hatton never quit, but he would be cut from the team.

"Is it the end of the world?' That is what it felt like, I did not know what to do next, so I just kept working out and talking with Coach [George] Cumby, and the night before two-a-days I got a call."

It was the call that he had worked himself back on the team.

Two years later he proved himself again, this time, at West Texas A&M, a Division II school.

"I walked on there as well the first semester and then earned my scholarship," said Hatton, "Then two days before we leave for Grand Valley to play on national TV, I find out I was not eligible."

Hatton missed the entire 2010 season, leaving him just one year to prove his worth to the NFL.

"Every game, every play, I felt like had to make something happen and then people and scouts started to ask who I was."

Among them was the Dallas Cowboys, who would invite Hatton for a private workout.

"I went up there and did better than I ever did before."

In less than two weeks, he'll find out if it was worth it.

He'll find out if the player who was cut from junior college, worked his way back then walked on at a D-II school, can prove himself one more time, this time in the NFL.

"You know, everyone has confidence, and I know, that if they give me the opportunity, I am going to take advantage of it."

Hatton has been projected as a late round pick in the upcoming draft.

The NFL Draft is April 26th through the 28th.

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