Mike, first of all, who did you settle on for your representation?
I went with two guys, Dave Dunn and Joby Branion. Their agency is called Athletes First. Dave lives in California, but Joby lives in Chapel Hill.
How was that process, selecting an agency?
I kind of focused on two main agencies... the two top quarterback agencies out there. I narrowed it to those two and just went with who I felt the most comfortable with.
How quickly did you start preparing for the draft?
It was right away. I think I spent one extra day in Nashville after the bowl game, and then I went out to California. I think it was January 2nd, and I was out there until mid-March.
What was probably the most nerve-wrenching part of this process for you?
I'd say the first taste I got of it was at the Senior Bowl.
That was an all day function where you would wake up in the morning and go to meetings, then practices, then more meetings, then interviews with the NFL teams. Those were probably 16-hour days where you had to be totally focused.
It was mentally draining... a long week. I was there probably seven or eight days. It was like that almost everyday.
That was probably the toughest part of the whole process.
Was there a time recently when you felt like it was all done, or are you still interviewing and/or working out for teams?
What are your plans for the draft? I assume you plan on spending it with your family.
I'm still In Raleigh, so on Thursday I'm going to drive up to our family's beach house in Ocean City, Maryland.
Hopefully I hear my name called on Thursday. I'm going to expect to not hear my name called, and if I do that will be great.
Looking back on your career, is there something you would change or try to improve on if you could go back and do it?
I know it's easier said than done, but during my career I could have been more consistent with my play. I need to continue to work on that.
Also, maybe being more vocal. I feel like my leadership was effective and my teammates responded to it well, but I do believe some teams are looking for a guy to be more vocal.
How would you sum up your career at NC State?
Obviously I came to Raleigh with a vision of winning championships and unfortunately we weren't able to do that. But, I feel like individually I accomplished a lot.
I'm proud of the way I handled things through the tough times, and overall, I'm happy with the way I performed.
It seems like you've been at a lot of State's practices this spring when you probably could have been out of town doing other things. Talk about the relationships you built at NC State and the feelings you have for the school.
I love the university, and when I'm done with football I'd like to move back here. I think it's a great place to live and raise a family.
I love NC State and love the Raleigh area. Some of my best friends were my teammates here for the past few years. I'm looking forward to the NFL, but it will be bittersweet when I pack up and leave.
Sounds like we can expect to see you back in Raleigh for alumni functions going forward.
[Laughing]I would imagine so. I'm sure that will depend on where I'm located at and all that, but I'd love to come back as much as possible.