"Yeah, but I feel as though Philadelphia is the best place for me and that this was meant to be this way."
On what waiting for his name to be called was like:
"It was long. You want to see where you are going to go and I am real happy to be an Eagle. This is a great place for me. It's an honor to be coached by [head] coach [Andy] Reid and [offensive line coach Juan] Castillo. I am in a good program and this is only the beginning. Hopefully, I can learn from [OTs] Tra Thomas and [Jon] Runyan. This is a wonderful fit for me. I am really happy."
On why he thinks he fell into the second round:
"I really don't know. That is the way it happened and this is only a beginning. The draft does not determine how good of a player you are. I still plan to be a Pro Bowl and franchise tackle. This does not change anything."
On whether he has spoken to any of the four USC players who have fallen lower than expected today:
"No, we have not talked to each other yet. Maybe later on we will. But as of now, we have not."
On whether this makes him hungrier to prove himself as a player:
"Yes, it does. When people don't pick you, you start to want to prove people wrong. I think I have a lot to improve and I think that will help me become a better football player."
On whether he knew the Eagles were going to trade up in the second round to get him:
"I had no idea. I didn't know they were going to trade up. When they did, it was a happy time and I am thrilled they did it."
On whether he watched the entire first round:
On where he watched the draft today:
"I watched it from my living room in my house."
On whether he thought he might have been picked by the Eagles with the 14th pick:
"Yes, I thought it might happen, but it didn't go that way. If I had to pick any team in the NFL to play for, it would be the Eagles. So, this is a happy time for me and I am happy they gave me the opportunity to play here."
On whether he was hoping the Eagles would pick him all along:
On why he was hoping the Eagles would pick him:
"I took a trip there and really liked the coaching staff. I think Coach Castillo is one of the best coaches in the NFL. I think that Andy Reid is a great coach and I believe that this is a team on the road to a Super Bowl. I am really happy I am on this team and I am going to contribute early."
On what he thinks the biggest adjustment will be from college football to the style of play in the NFL:
"I just have to improve on everything. I am a rookie coming in to the season and I have to improve on every facet of my game. I think with the help of coach Reid, Coach Castillo and the rest of the staff, I will accomplish all of my goals."
On how hard it was to see people drafted and not hear his name:
"It is pretty hard. But again, if I was to choose any team to play for in the NFL, I would pick the Eagles. It is a great situation for me and I am real happy I am an Eagle."
On what Andy Reid said to him after the pick:
"Right now, I really can't remember what he said (laughing). But, again I am really happy to be here."
On whether he considers himself a better run blocker or pass blocker:
"I think I am equally good at both. I think I am a good pass blocker and a good run blocker. I have to improve on both of them to be an effective player."
On whether he worries that his past history caused his fall to the second round:
"No, it did not. The teams know what kind of character guy I am. This is how it happened. I don't think it was because of character issues, I think it was the draft."