did you think of where you were drafted?
A: I really didn't have expectations. I knew there was no science to the draft. As long as I was drafted, that was a blessing in itself. Everything happens for a reason. All I asked for is an opportunity and it's up to me to make the best of it.
do you know about the line situation here?
A: I knwo that I have older guys I can look up to and learn from and hope I can pick up on all the things to make me a better player, to try and contribute to the organization.
been named a captain and have received leadership awards. What makes you a
A: I just think there's a time and place for everything. I figure I can't say anything to someone if I don't do it myself. I try to work my hardest and try to be the model citizen so the younger guys can look up to me. When I was little, everyone said I was a born leader. I just never followed people. People followed me, whether it was positive or negative. Once I realized I possessed that power, I tried to be as positive as I could.
leads to the incident where you were arrested. Knowing what you just said, it
must have bothered you a great deal.
A: The whole thing was, I was trying to get my teamamtes out of there. The situation ended up flipping on me. You live and learn. I regret that it happened, but I knew I had all the right intentions in my mind.
much did that come up before the draft?
A: Anybody who was really interested in me really got down to the nitty gritty of the story and knew I was trying to help the sitaution out. I don't think it hurt me. It might have helped me. They thought, 'He's willing to go in there and grab a teammate and help him out, on and off the field.' That's what a lot of coaches are looking for now.
do you bring as a player?
A: The best thing as a player is I play hard every play and try to be as fundamentally sound as I can. I know if I do that it'll take me a long way.
do you feel more comfortable?
A: I feel comfortable at both inside spots. I played both in college.
well do you know Nic and Chris Clemons?
A: I played with both of them. Nic used to come back and go through drills with us. He was showing us stuff they do here, so I think I had a little leg up [at the rookie minicamp]. It's good to have hem here so if I have a question.