A Pickett for the pocket

"I think I am a pretty well-rounded quarterback and I think that my biggest skill is my competitiveness. I do whatever it takes to try to win a game and I am very competitive. My quarterback skills are alright as well, and I am just looking forward to getting better. As far as this quarterback class of 2004, I feel that I was with the top guys, but I wasn't drafted that way, but I got to the team that I wanted to play for so it all works out." -- Cody Pickett

Q: How do your skils fit the West Coast offense?

Pickett: I feel they fit them very well. I haven't had a chance to go over all of the stuff yet. I am excited to come to a new place in San Francisco. That is where I wanted to play and I feel that I fit in pretty well. I know their coaching staff pretty well and I am as excited as I can be.

Q: How well do you know Dennis Erickson?

Pickett: I know him really well. I had the opportunity to play against him a couple of times when he was at Oregon State. My dad (Dee) has known him from earlier when he played in his career. I have had a chance to talk to him a couple of times and I am excited to play for him.

Q: How did nagging injuries affect your senior season?

Pickett: It affected it a little bit. It affected our whole team, me personally when I injured my pectoral in the second game of the season. It affected our team, especially our offensive line. We had three guys go down with season-ending injuries. We had a couple of receivers get banged up, our starting tailback. As a team as a whole we were pretty banged up this year.

Q: Did you consider entering the NFL draft after your standout junior season?

Pickett: I did. I gave serious thought to coming out as a junior. I came off a pretty good season as far as stats go my junior year. I gave thought to it and I thought the best thing to do would be to come back and try to help my team be successful last year and unfortunately we didn't do that.

Q: What round were you told you would go if you did come out as a junior?

Pickett: Various. From everywhere. I was getting told about the same thing that I was this year and it didn't happen this year. I was told first day if I came last year and I was told first day this year. It didn't happen that way, but I am in a place I want to play and I am excited to be there.

Q: Did the 49ers get a bargain by getting you in the seventh round?

Pickett: I feel they got a really good bargain. Also, I got a real good bargain too, and I am excited to be there. Sitting there and watching other guys get drafted ahead of me, other quarterbacks, just knowing in my head and thinking those thoughts, I don't know why, but this is the place where I want to be, though.

Q: How do you feel you fit in with a young 49ers quarterback corps?

Pickett: I am just excited to come down and learn the system and excited to be with those guys and just try to get better. I had the opportunity to play against Ken (Dorsey) when I was a sophomore, when he was at Miami and they beat us pretty good. That was the year they won the national championship. That was the only time I really talked to him. I am excited to come and just learn, learn the system and get a fresh start.

Q: What skills are you bringing to the 49ers?

Pickett: I think I am a pretty well-rounded quarterback and I think that my biggest skill is my competitiveness. I do whatever it takes to try to win a game and I am very competitive. My quarterback skills are alright as well, and hopefully I am just looking forward to getting better.

Q: How difficult was it for you to wait through the draft to be selected?

Pickett: Very, very difficult. Every time San Francisco had a pick I was just thinking, I was wishing they would pick me and it just kept passing and kept passing. It was very hard to sit around. Especially when you are being told that you would be a first-day guy, coming into the seventh round and you're not taken in the seventh round. So it was very hard and it is over now and I am a 49er and I am excited.

Q: How does your game compare to other quarterbacks who were drafted ahead of you in the draft?

Pickett: I think I am in the top group as far as the guys who were drafted (April 24). I have a lot to learn. I have a lot to get better at and I am looking forward to doing that. Getting down with coach (Rich) Olson and learning many new things and trying to get better. As far as this quarterback class of 2004, I feel that I was with the top guys, but I wasn't drafted that way, but I got to the team that I wanted to play for so it all works out.


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