Hawks Talk: Considine Talks About Being Drafted

Sean Considine, once a walk on at Iowa, was the first selection of the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Considine spoke about being drafted into an elite fraternity...

Q: Do you ever look back and say, "Man, I've come a long way, this is kind of like a dream"?

Sean Considine: Not really, you don't really have time to sit back and look at where you've come from. It's best to keep your eyes ahead of you, see where you've got to go. You learn from the things that you've done growing up. Hopefully I'll carry the same things to Philadelphia that helped me earn a starting role on the Iowa football team. I hope that helps me get on special teams, helps me be a contributor out there in Philly too.

Q: Is it kind of a badge of honor, being one of the walk-ons to get drafted?

Considine: It's kind of like a little fraternity there, you know. I think players on the team really respect a guy that walked on, earned a scholarship, and ended up contributing. All the guys that had done that before me were kind of my inspiration. Guys like Kevin Kasper, Derek Pagel, Dallas Clark, Bruce Nelson, all those guys, as a young player I looked up to them and watched the things that they did. I just feel fortunate now that I'm in the same category they are.

Q: How long was Saturday?

Considine: Saturday was a long day, I stayed away from that TV. Well, I was trying to stay away from it, but it ended up going so late, I had some family and friends over, it ended up being a long night. I was kind of waiting round, but I'll tell you what, I'm really happy about going to Philadelphia, first pick in the fourth round, really doesn't matter. That's a winning program out there.

Q: Last semester you had a lighter class load, and spent a lot of time watching game film. How do you see that helping you at the next level?

Considine: I think it'll help a lot, like I said, I think in the secondary, if you don't know what you're doing, you really can't play. There are a lot of adjustments, a lot of calls to make, all that kind of stuff. I consistently see it, a lot of great athletes, even here at Iowa, they're great athletes, they can run and jump, but they just don't quite understand the defense, they don't know how to get lined up. If you can't do that, you can't play. I think it's even more so in the NFL. You come up against an offensive guy like Peyton Manning, he's going to be making the adjustments, and you need to be right there thinking along with him. Hopefully it helps me, and I can catch on really quick, and learn it.

Q: Philly's defensive playbook is on its way, are you going to start learning right away?

Considine: It's getting (sent by) FedEx overnight, should be here this afternoon or tomorrow

Q: It's sort of known that the first pick of day two is very important, teams have all night to think about it. Any comments on that?

Considine: I just know that Philadelphia traded up to get that pick. When I talked to the coaches, they said besides their first round pick, the most thought went into their pick of me. I don't know what that tells me, but obviously I got overlooked on the first day, and I guess I was the first one to come up.

Q: Has the business side of the NFL shown itself yet?

Considine: Not really, I talked to the secondary coach and he seems like a really down to earth guy. I talked to Coach Doyle and Coach Ferentz on the phone last night, and they had nothing but good things to say about (Philadelphia) Coach Reid and Coach McDermott, their secondary coach. I'm not really discouraged or dreading going into the NFL because of the business aspects. I was fortunate enough to go into a program where I'll be treated right.

Q: So you (grew up in) a Packers family?

Considine: Yeah, I was a Green Bay fan.

Q: Andy Reid used to be an assistant coach there, so it's not all that bad, right?

Considine: Yeah, How'd that happen, 4th and 26, Philadelphia against Green bay? They'll like Philadelphia up until Sunday. (laughs)

Q: Do you think what you did on special teams at Iowa opened some doors for you?

Considine: No question about it. One of the first questions the Philadelphia media talked to me about was blocking kicks, how I did all that. I don't really have a specific answer for that other than getting your hands on the ball. I think there's no question about it. From what I've heard, Philadelphia was looking for a difference maker on special teams with their third or fourth round pick.

Q: What are your expectations at safety? They've got a couple pro-bowlers there, do you have any goals or are you just trying to feel your way?

Considine: I'm just going to go in and put in the work like I've always done. Things generally work out the way they're supposed to if you do that. Obviously I understand they have two of the best safeties in the NFL, so realistically, I think I'm going to go in and learn from them, try to grasp what exactly makes them the players they are. Hopefully within a year I'll be competing, you never know what'll happen.

Q: You and the other safeties, Matt Bowen, all those guys, you're part of that club now. Do you see another? Who's the next Iowa safety to go in the draft? Is that guy on campus now?

Considine: There's definitely NFL talent with those guys, obviously they both have a year or two left at Iowa, and there's a lot of things that can happen. They've still got a lot of work and improvement to do if they're going to get there. I think the guys that are there, they're all willing to put the work in, willing to accept the coaching, listen to Coach Parker, they'll learn from him.

Q: Did you kind of feel that Coach Parker puts you guys in a position to show the NFL, to make it to the NFL?

Considine: I don't think there's any question. He's a great coach, he was a 3 time all Big Ten football player at Michigan State. You look at him now, he's like 5'10", you can't imagine him being a DB in the Big Ten. He really has a lot of knowledge of the game, he's tough, and he demands that out of his players. I think if you have that in the Big Ten as a proven player week in and week out, the NFL, they like what they see out of you.

Q: Being a walk on, does that instill into you the mentality that you have to work for everything you'll get?

Considine: Yeah, exactly. If I look back, I think one of the best things that ever happened to me was to walk on. I came in here with a huge chip on my shoulder, I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong, I think it really carried me through those first few years. I think I outworked a lot of people, moved up the depth chart a little bit quicker than I would have, just because I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong.

Q: Are you goals similar now to what they were when you came to Iowa?

Considine: I think that's how I'm going to go into it. Put that chip back in that shoulder, knowing I have a lot of work ahead of me. If I do the little things that a lot of people overlook, I should be able to contribute in ways other people aren't.

Q: Can talk a little bit about the first day ending, going to bed that night, not know what's going to happen?

Considine: It was a long first day. I was thinking it was going to happen in the third round. A lot of people telling me I was a third or fourth round guy, you hope it's going to be the third round. It didn't work out, I wasn't really disappointed though, I knew it was going to come down to the third or fourth round. Fortunately I didn't have to wait too long on that second day, basically I'd just rolled out of bed and my phone rang.

Q: So now you can tell everybody you were the first pick in the draft, right? The second day.

Considine: It worked out, I'm happy to be in Philadelphia, obviously they've got some high expectations there. Looks like they'll be competing for a Super Bowl again.

Q: Is there a different approach going to a team like this, that played in the Super Bowl, as opposed to a team that's rebuilding?

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