Whitley Brings Strong Pass-Blocking

Seventh round draft pick, former Texas Tech offensive lineman E.J. Whitley, talks about the upcoming rookie mini-camp and much more in another exclusive interview with TheRanchReport.com.

The Ranch Report's Brett Jensen spoke with offensive lineman E.J. Whitley, the eighth and final pick of the Dallas Cowboys, in an exclusive interview after he was selected wtih 224th overall pick in 2006 NFL Draft.

Linemen from Texas Tech recently drafted have done well in the NFL. Why do you think that is? Do you think it has to do with the unusual scheme the Red Raiders run?
Whitley: "I think when you do as much pass blocking as we do and you throw the ball more than it's ran you get used to picking up all kinds of blitzes is why I think we've been so successful."

Even though you played center in college, have they told you at which position on the line they'll try you?
Whitley: "I'm not really sure. From what I've heard, either center or guard, but I won't know anything for sure until (Thursday)."

Is your mobility your biggest asset?
Whitley: "I think it really helps me if I get out of position or getting beat, I'm athletic enough to recover and get back into position."

When you show up for mini-camp, what are you hoping to accomplish?
Whitley: "I want to get in there and show Parcells and the rest of the staff that I'm a hard worker. I want them to know that I'm going to work hard for them. Even if I don't play or I'm on the practice squad, I'm going to work hard for them and show them that I'm willing to get better and that I want to get in there and learn the offense as fast as possible. That way, I'm not making a lot of mistakes at camp."

Having gone to Texas Tech, were you a Arizona Cardinals fan, Dallas Cowboys fan or Houston Texans fan?

Whitley: "Definitely a Cowboys fan. I'm really excited about going there and I think I can do a lot for that club."

With all the stars at Dallas on and off the field, are you a little worried about being awestruck?
Whitley: "I imagine that once I see them, I'll be a little wide-eyed, but once I hit that field, I know it's time to go to work. I'll enjoy talking to them and meeting everyone when camp's going on, but when it's football time, I'll be ready to go."

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