Six questions with Santonio Holmes

After moving into the No. 22 slot in the first round, the 49ers are in a position to select Ohio State product Santonio Holmes, considered by many as the top wide receiver available in the 2006 draft. Here's a quick conversation with a prospect expected to be selected somewhere in the final third of the first round.

Q: Because there have been so many Ohio State receivers taken high in the draft, do you think it's an advantage to you that all eyes will be on you?

Holmes:
That was my reason for going to Ohio State - to be one of those top guys chosen and be in the class of receivers that have played there. I really wanted to be a part of that tradition.

Q: What do you have to prove to sell teams on where you want to be in the draft?

Holmes:
Pretty much my attitude, the way I carry myself around here. Also, I have to run a good time for those guys and show how fast I am.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a wide receiver?

Holmes:
All-around playmaker, one of the best wide receivers possibly in the game right now. Looking at all the things I've accomplished - the way I play on the field, the way I block, carry myself, leadership, all the ability to be a great wide receiver.

Q: How have you grown as a wide receiver between the time you got to Ohio State and now?

Holmes:
There were a lot of things I had to work on as far as learning the whole offense, by learning how to play against guys who were faster on the defensive side of the ball, become more of a complete team player and not have the spotlight on myself and help young guys grow to be better players for the team.

Q: Did you have a role-model receiver growing up?

Holmes:
It always has been Jerry Rice. He wasn't the fastest guy ever. He's the type of guy that wouldn't let anybody outwork him. The guy that works the hardest gets the job done.

Q: Are you tired of hearing you're not fast enough?

Holmes:
Not at all, because I've proven I haven't been able to be caught from behind once I break free. That's something I'm not really worried about.


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