Tay Gowan of the UCF Knights had to wait, and wait, for his chance in the NFL Draft. It played out on Twitter.

Jonathan Tully
Florida Today
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UCF Knights defensive back Tay Gowan (23) intercepts a pass intended for Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Trent Cloud (13) in the second quarter of a college football game, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

Like his University of Central Florida teammates, cornerback Tay Gowan had high hopes heading into the NFL Draft. 

Gowan wasn't among the big names, the first-rounders, but draft experts had the Knights cornerback landing in the middle rounds, early on Saturday.

Still, he was ready on Thursday. Night 1.

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His junior college team, Butler County Community College in Kansas, saluted him and his other teammates ready to make the jump to the pros.

Day 1 comes and goes, Tay's on the board. Day 2 -- rounds 2 and 3 -- comes.

Gowan's teammate, safety Richie Grant, gets taken by the Falcons in the second round. Gowan is understandably thrilled.

Also, his fellow cornerback Aaron Robinson heads to the New York Giants, in the third round. Day 2 comes and goes. Tay's still on the board.

Day 3 arrives. Several mock drafts have Gowan going soon, either Round 4 or 5. Tay is hoping.

He's starting to get his fans.

Tay's faith is strong.

Fans of several teams who want a quality cornerback with good size (6-foot-1) and talent are hoping those teams see what they do.

Fourth round goes by, no call. Fifth round goes by, no call.

His fans are keeping hope going.

Tay's watching and staying humble. Picks continue to go by.

At last, it happens, Round 6. Arizona Cardinals.

Tay doesn't tweet out a celebratory message. His fans (which have grown throughout the day) aren't as shy.

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