When the Bucs make their first round pick for the 2019 draft on Thursday in Nashville, standing alongside the NFL commissioner will be a special guest to announce it. The Bucs and Make-A-Wish Foundation will help make a dream come true for Kacey Reynolds when he gets to make the call on stage.
The 19-year old Reynolds, from Maysville, Georgia, is a lifelong Bucs fan that has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He will be in Nashville at the podium to read the player’s name, attending his first NFL draft.
“I knew it was something I could never spend money to do,” Reynolds said. “It will be a really great moment, but it’s going to be a really nervous moment.”
To surprise him with the big news, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans sent a video message to Reynolds inviting him to make the pick while he was surrounded by family and friends. It went down on April 18th at his school, Banks County High School, in Homer, Georgia. Evans is also Reynold’s favorite player.
“I was completely shocked when they played the video of Mike Evans and he said my name,” Reynolds said. “That was the minute I realized my wish was coming true.”
The Bucs currently hold the fifth pick in the NFL draft. The draft starts at 8:00 PM eastern time on Thursday, April 25th.