Kevin Payne: At the time, there's so much going on during the draft, you really don't know who's going to draft you. I was just on pins and needles just waiting to see who would call my name. And when they called me, it just took me by surprise. And I was just full of joy because it's just an honor, so I was just so happy when they called my name.
JC: How much Cover 2 experience did you get at Louisiana-Monroe? And now that you've had three practices, how does the scheme feel so far?
KP: It feels good. There's still a lot for me to learn. We ran it back in college. We ran Cover 2 quite a bit, especially 3rd-and-long or whatever. It's a whole different level, so I just want to learn as much as possible as quick as possible.
JC: I know you were a tailback in college for two seasons. Do you ever just want to go back to the other side of the ball and get some carries every now and then?
KP: Nah, I'm having too much fun doing what I'm doing right now. I haven't thought about that in like two or three years, so right now I'm just trying to get better and learn what I can and just do my job.
JC: So it's safe to say you're a safety once and for all? You don't feel like an offensive player stuck on defense?
KP: I'm a safety. I was born to play safety. I was just playing running back for that time. I guess I was in the wrong position. I was born to play safety.
JC: Your first mini camp is over. What do you now know you need to do to get better before you head to training camp in July?
KP: Just do the fundamentals. Just continue to try to get better every day. Try to improve on something each day.
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