Versatile Snyder eager to step in
Q: What was your reaction to the 49ers trading up in the draft to get you? Snyder: It was awesome. It was something that was unexpected, to be picked up late. It was such a long day and to have it all finally happen was just awesome. Q: Was it a goal of yours to get drafted the first day? Snyder: I really didn't have any expectation of where I was going to go. I just thought that all the hard work was done and if it was going to happen, it was going to happen. Of course, I had set a goal to be drafted the first day, but I didn't really expect it. Everything that happened, I was happy with. Q: With Day 1 of the draft winding down, at what point did you realize it was going to happen for you? Snyder: I actually just got the phone call from one of (the 49ers) guys in the office. They said they were trying to acquire a trade and at first, I thought they were talking about maybe drafting me the second day. Right when I was thinking about that, and talking, the TV switched to the Niners and it all hit me at the same time. I realized they were trying to get me right now. It was just wild. The best feeling I've ever had. Q: What does it mean to you to come out of Oregon as one of the school's best linemen ever? Snyder: I always thought of the offensive line as a unit. You've got to have five guys working the same and for me to stand out a little bit means a whole lot. I got a lot of support from all the guys on my team and it really helped. Q: Did your development really take off when you got to Oregon? Snyder: Yes, it did. I would say early in my career, they thought about playing me as a freshman and decided to go against that. I think just playing with some of the guys I got to play with, like Igor Olshansky and Junior Siavii, who got drafted really high a few years ago, really helped mold me into the player I am today. Q: At what point did you realize you had the potential to play at the pro level? Snyder: Probably my junior year when I was starting and really got a lot a play under my belt by just playing with guys I knew would get drafted, like Junior and Igor, and seeing how I did against them and seeing how I was doing well in games. That's when I really started to think about it. Q: What did it mean to you to receive the Morris Trophy last season as the Pac-10's top lineman? Snyder: That was quite an honor because it was voted on by the players of the Pac-10. Nobody else had a voice in it except the guys that played in it. It's just a really honor to be voted on by my peers. Q: What have the Niners told you about what your role on the team is going to be? Snyder: I am ready to step in and if they need me to be on the scout team and help these guys get ready for the games each week, I'll do that. If they need me to step in and maybe have a backup role, I am ready to do that. If I am able to start, I am ready to go in and to that. I am ready to go work. Q: How much do you think your versatility and ability to play both positions had to do with where you were selected in the draft? Snyder: I think that was something that set me apart. I mean, you'd see a few guys that could do that and I showed that I could do that through all of my game films. I thought that my versatility was the best thing I had going for me. Q: You have been projected as a guard but the Niners have talked about you playing tackle. What are your feelings about that? Snyder: That's a question I have been asked quite a bit. I played tackle in college and I feel that that is my best position, but at the same time, I really started to like playing guard. I played guard in the Senior Bowl and got to play a little bit at Oregon. There are some things I like to do at guard and there are some things I like to do at tackle. So, either one of them is perfect with me. Q: Would you like to play tackle in San Francisco? Snyder: Yes. That's where I feel most comfortable. That's where I have most of my experience.
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