Not every draft prospect has an NFL brother looking out for him. Wide receiver Sinorice Moss, a likely first- or second-round draft pick in the April 29-30 NFL Draft, has a Pro Bowl brother to model himself after.
Moss is the brother of Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss.
Both played their high school football at Carol City High School in Florida, both played college football at the University of Miami and both are small in height (by football standards) but lightning fast.
Santana is 5-10 in height, while Sinorice is 5-8. In evaluating Sinorice, plenty of scouts and draft guides have questioned how effective he will be as a go-to target in the NFL.
Many of the same questions were raised about Santana, who helped lead the Redskins to the postseason and emerged as an elite receiver last year. Carolina's Steve Smith, who is listed as 5-9, also had a Pro Bowl season last year.
Clearly there's a place in the NFL for smaller wide receivers.
"'Watching my brother and Steve Smith this year, they opened a lot of eyes," Sinorice said at the NFL Scouting Combine last February. "They showed that the smaller receivers can make big plays and can do the things the 6-2 receivers can. A lot of times in the past years, everybody wanted a big receiver. Small receivers are getting the job done also.
"If you can play football, you have the heart to go out and make plays, size doesn't matter."
At Miami last season, Sinorice caught 37 passes for 614--a 16.5 yards-per-catch average--and six touchdowns.
Santana said on Thursday that he has enjoyed watching his brother grow into an NFL-caliber wide receiver. The two have dreamed about playing in the NFL growing up in South Florida. It's unlikely they will have a chance to play together in Washington. The Redskins are not expected to select a wide receiver in the draft.
"I've never been really excited about the draft after I went through it, but this year, I'm really looking forward to seeing where he lands," he said. "I know he's excited about it and I'm just happy for him, knowing who he is.
"I feel like I've been a part of his football career and making it to this level. I feel like I provided a little motivation for him and the showed him the way to carry himself over the last few years."
The two brothers see each other every time Santana flies home to Miami. Santana said he has helped counsel Sinorice throughout the draft process, from how to approach the NFL Scouting Combine to managing financial matters.
Said Santana: "I've been telling him, 'Just do what you've been doing. Don't do anything different. Enjoy the time you have off right now before the draft, but just know that once you get drafted, the next week you're going to have to work out and you're going to have to be ready to practice. Once the draft is over, all of the expectations are over and you have to go to work.'"
"Any and everything I've gone through, my brother is always going to have the upper hand because I've been telling him how it went for me. From money situations to life situations, I'm giving him the rundown of what's good and what's bad.
"He's going to be ahead of the game."