On the expectations the Buccaneers have for him
Aqib Talib: Whoever called my name that was the plan, to have a chance to start. I am a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and I plan on making an impact, coming in and working hard, and making an impact right away.
On his ability to play the cover two
Aqib Talib: We started to play a lot of cover two in my last year at Kansas. I kind of got introduced to it a lot in my junior year and I will be ready for it. Coach (Monte) Kiffin is the master at it and I think with his help and Coach Raheem [Morris'] help, I think I will be alright learning the scheme, and make a lot of plays in the cover two.
On his previous off the field issues, including positive tests for marijuana
Aqib Talib: It was a stage that when I was a young man, moving out of the house, being on your own for the first time, I went through a little stage in college. All of that stuff happened two and a half years ago. That was a stage I went through in my life, and I learned a lot from it. I am a grown man now, I have moved forward from that. It is all behind me now.
On why the Buccaneers chose him
Aqib Talib: I think defense wins championships. If you build a nice defense you have a better chance to win a championship. A player like me coming in, I make plays and I think I bring a lot to the table for the Bucs.
On if the selection was expected
Aqib Talib: It was a surprise, but at the same time I had a real good conversation with Coach Gruden when I met with Tampa Bay. I felt real good about it that if I made it down to number 20 I had a chance of going to Tampa Bay. So I felt good about it when their pick came up.
On what he and Coach Gruden discussed
Aqib Talib: He told me that I reminded him a lot of Charles Woodson. He said that if he had an opportunity to coach a player like Charles Woodson again he didn't want to pass it up. I kind of just laid it all on the line and if I get to the Bucs, I think I am going to go to the Bucs. I sat there and I told my dad that, and it played out and it happened.
On his personality and how it translates onto the field
Aqib Talib: I think every cornerback has to play with swagger. You can ask that to any cornerback in the league and he will tell you that he plays with a lot of confidence because it comes with the position. Playing cornerback you have to have a lot of confidence.