Pollak Surprised, Elated by Colts Selection

There was little doubt among NFL prognosticators that outgoing ASU senior Mike Pollak was the best center in the 2008 NFL draft. Most of the pundits believed that he could be a second round selection. Those two predictions did come true for Pollak today, yet being selected by the Indianapolis Colts did catch him off guard. Not that he's complaining…

"I'm so excited right now," said the 6-3 301 Mike Pollak shortly after his section, the 59th overall and 28th in the second round of the draft. "I was really surprised because compared to other teams like the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings; the Colts weren't showing that much interest. But that how the draft works sometimes – teams stay quiet because they don't wanna tell other teams what players they want."

"It didn't matter to me where I was going to get picked or which team was going to drat me. Just to get a chance to play in the NFL is great."

Not only was the selection by the Indianapolis Colts, their first one in the 2008 draft, surprising to Pollak, but also the fact that they've asked him for the first time during their pursuit of him, to play a different position in the pros.

"When Coach (Tony) Dungy called me he said he's gonna have me compete for the starting guard spot," Pollak stated. "I haven't played that role that much in college, but I feel that I'm a good enough player to adjust and face that new challenge."

The Tempe native started 31 consecutive games at center to finish his Sun Devil career, and snapped in every game quarterback Rudy Carpenter has started. He received First-Team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior and Second-Team recognition as a junior.

Pollak was a co-winner of ASU's Tim Landers Iron Man of the Year Award Sun Devil with exemplary work ethic in the weight room, on the field or in the community, presented at the team's year-end banquet.

Pollak, former Tempe Corona Del Sol High School standout, earned his undergraduate degree in Communications prior to the start of the 2007 season.

The Colts were the league's fifth best on offense in 2007, and did lose guard Jake Scott to Tennessee Titans via free agency. Both were undoubtedly strong factors in why they chose to draft a player on this side of the ball with their only first-day pick. "To play for such a great team like the Colts and play on the line in front of a quarterback like Peyton Manning," said Pollak, "you can't ask for a better situation to fall into. You can't make this stuff up in Movies…"

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