Talking With the Eagle's Second Round Picks

The Eagles selected DT Trevor Laws and WR DeSean Jackson on the first day of the 2008 draft. Find out what they have to say about their new team and more inside.

DT Trevor Laws and WR DeSean Jackson Press Conference 4.27.08


Trevor Laws On how the last 24 hours have been:

"It's been a crazy ride for me. The last 24 hours, I had my family over to my house, my real close friends and family. The Eagles called, I saw the Pennsylvania number. I picked it up and didn't really know what was going on. They were talking about a couple little things, but not really giving away that they wanted me. All of a sudden, [head] coach [Andy] Reid comes on the phone and my name rolls across the screen, and they announce my name and I got mobbed by my family. I actually ended up hanging up the phone on Coach Reid. It's been wild. I flew out this morning at 6 a.m. and got a little shuteye, it's been good."

DeSean Jackson On what the plane ride was like for him:

"The plane ride, for me, taking that red eye was a blessing to come back to Pennsylvania and be with the Philadelphia Eagles. I feel like it's a great team here with a lot of great players. To add me is an awesome feeling for me."

On whether he caught any sleep on the plane:

"It definitely was a long trip, but I do pretty well sleeping on planes, so I was sleeping the whole ride."

Trevor Laws On what they talked about on the ride over:

"I was like, 'I need a cheesesteak real fast.'"

DeSean Jackson On what they talked about on the ride over:

"They gave us the big old pretzels that you guys are known for. They're a little salty. It was a very good welcome. We appreciate everything, it was just a blessing for us."

Trevor Laws On why he thinks he dropped into the second round despite people saying he was a first-round talent:

"It's tough to say. Some guys have great careers and get hyped up and they deserve it. There are a lot of very good players in the draft. I can't really tell you why I was seen as a second rounder and some of the other guys were first rounders. That's just the way it goes sometimes."

DeSean Jackson On whether he has a chip on his shoulder for not being drafted in the first round:

"It was a situation where I was sitting back and thought I was going to go sooner than I really did go, but my family did a good job of keeping me calm and collected. They let me know of some of the great names--Deion Branch, second round; Steve Smith, third round. Some of the best players end up in the later rounds. I definitely come up with a chip on my shoulder and I feel like I have a lot to prove. I feel like a lot of people are questioning my size and things, but I have heart and I can play at this next level. That's something I'm going to come in and do, is show everybody [that I can]."

On how he ended up working with Jerry Rice:

"I'm actually signed with DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment. When I signed with them and I went to Pensacola, Florida to train, I got hooked up with him. I've just spent the past two months with him, working out, sitting around hanging out with him, going to meetings, and just picking his mind in any way possible. I was very fortunate to be one of the receivers in this draft class to be working out with him."

On what he would say to people who question his work ethic:

"It's really hard to say, but I think a lot of people [have misconceptions] of me, but it's okay. I feel like I have a lot to prove. At the next level, I get to start out clean. Cal was a great three years for me. I'm just ready to start my new career here and make a good impression on everybody. Everybody will get to know what the real DeSean Jackson is like and you'll be able to have your own opinion of me."

On why he decided to go to the University of California:

"It was a good opportunity for me to go to Cal. [Head coach Jeff] Tedford did a lot of great things there, turning the program around. I just wanted to get away from home. A lot of people who came from Long Beach Poly [High School] were known to go to USC, and they kind of took it as a given that I would be a Trojan. I kind of wanted to switch it up and do my own thing and not be a follower and be a leader and head up to Berkley."

On whether he realized he had to gain weight in order to play in the NFL:

"It was a situation where, leading up to the combine, I knew I had to gain weight. It was something I just knew I had to do. Playing at 165 for almost my whole career at Cal was something I did and I didn't have any problems; I only missed two games my whole career. Coach Reid, we had a great sit-down talk and he's very confident in me and knows what I'm capable of doing. I'm at about 175 right now and I want to get to 180. I feel very confident and I'm ready to come into this Eagles organization and make a good name for myself and help out the team in any way possible."

On how seriously he takes his skill set at wide receiver:


WR DeSean Jackson can't wait to join the Eagle's offense
(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

"It's a huge thing for me. It's a dream come true to come into the Eagles organization right now in 2008. [QB] Donovan McNabb, [RB] Brian Westbrook, what else could I ask for? Having a great quarterback to come in and be under. I know he'll be able to feed me the ball any way possible. We have a great defense, with [CB] Asante Samuel, I'll be able to go against one of the best corners in the NFL and he can get me better for the season and things like that. Brian Dawkins, I can keep naming names. It's a great team. I was just talking to Coach Reid and we feel like our team can probably be in the Super Bowl. We're that close from being there. With Trevor and me coming in here, we're expecting big things to happen."

Trevor Laws On what he learned after going through a tough season at Notre Dame:

"It was a tough year. I learned a lot about myself. It was probably one of the worst seasons I've had athletically in any sport. Just how I reacted, week to week, I learned a lot about myself about how I am going to face this adversity and lead the younger guys. One of the things that I hope will almost be my legacy is that I never gave up on the season. I think these younger guys look and see and hopefully Notre Dame will have a better season in the following years."

On his relationship with DE Victor Abiamiri:

"We're great friends. We were roommates at Notre Dame for two years. When my name got called, my phone was blowing up from him. He was really pumped and hopefully I'll get a chance to see him today."

DeSean Jackson On the biggest thing he has learned from Jerry Rice:

"It's hard to honestly say one thing. It's just been so much that he's offering to me. Probably the biggest thing has been the impression that we leave off the field. You meet a lot of people and you want to leave a good impression on people. You never know, down the road in a couple of years, somebody might have their own company and think, 'Man, that DeSean Jackson kid was good,' and they'll want to help me, as far as business things like that. I think the biggest thing was off the field, he taught me how to be a man and how to conduct myself."

On whether he watches Bears KR Devin Hester and thinks he can make that kind of impact:

"Devin Hester is a great returner. He came into the NFL as one of the guys who wasn't taken really high in the draft either. That's something else I look at. I feel like I can come in right away and make a [big impact] on special teams. I see a lot of things that he does that I can do also. I'm just patiently waiting. We start camp next week and I'll just come in for a couple days and show what I can do."

On what the next couple of days are going to be like for him:

"I feel like it's close. Our dream is here now. It's not like we have to wait for the combine or the pro day. Everything is in place now. It's a big relief off of my shoulders to know I'm with a team and camp starts next Friday, and to be able to get back to football is something I love to do."

Trevor Laws On what the next couple of days are going to be like for him:

"I'm ready to get back to finally play football again. I'm sick of running all these little sprints and drills. That's not football. I'm excited to get out there and put the helmet on and go to work."

On his dreadlocks:

"I don't know, I just stopped combing my hair one time and it just happened over the course of time. It's a lot easier than having to wake up an do it every day."

On whether he was worried about the NFL making a rule about long hair:

"I know, I heard about that. I'll cut it if I have to. I'm not super attached to it. Whatever I have to do."


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