The moment Avery Moss had envisioned for so many years had arrived. Finally, he would hear his name announced in the 2017 NFL Draft.

“The Colts liked me a lot, and called me before Day 2 of the draft, and gave me this great spiel,” Moss recalled earlier this week. “They sent me a text of the Super Bowl trophy they won, and said, ‘We think you can help us bring this back, so get ready for your name to be called.’ ”

Instead, the Colts selected Ohio defensive end Tarell Basham in the third round. The second day ended and Moss remained on the board. The third day began and Indianapolis passed on him with three fourth-round picks and two fifth-round picks.

Watching from his grandmother’s hospital room, Moss saw 15 defensive ends drafted before him.

“I remember sitting there frustrated because there were a lot of edge rushers picked ahead of me that I know that I was better than,” Moss said. “I met a lot of them at the combine and they didn’t have the passion and they weren’t more athletic or better than me. It’s always something that’s gonna be there for me.”