Newman Comments on the Cowboys

Kansas State cornerback Terence Newman comments on being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Newman was taken as the fifth overall selection earlier today.

On Coming out of Kansas State
"I was considered a project back in high school, but Kansas State took a chance on me and it paid off for them. I'm not intimidated, and I won't be intimidated in any way shape or form in Dallas, but failure is a great motivator in this league, and I don't plan on doing that."

On Being Selected #5
"Honestly, I felt like I should have been the first player taken in the draft. I feel like I'm the best corner, but I'm going to be happy playing football in Dallas. My biggest thing is just getting a chance. Just being here is a blessing."

On Playing as a Rookie
"I feel like I'm a going to be a great asset in Dallas. I know I can help out in some way or another. If I don't start, hopefully I can help out on special teams and contribute as a backup until I'm ready."

On the Shoulder Injury
"There's nothing wrong with my shoulder- I'm ready to play."

On His Strengths
"I gave up one touchdown last season. It was to Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State. It was a fade pattern, a questionable call. I think I'm better at man coverage. I like to press, but I'm comfortable playing zone as well."

On Playing in the NFL
"I've studied a lot of corners like Deion, Darrell Green, Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson. Deion and Woodson were excellent at the quick jam, the one-hand quick jam, so I tried to incorporate that in my game. Bailey has excellent footwork, so I try to do some of the things he does. Those guys are Pro Bowl players who're supposed to be the best in the business. That's what I want to be -- the best in the business."

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