Q: You said this team was a perfect fit for you. Why do you believe that?
A: I just felt it. When I met with all the other teams, the Washington Redskins had the best vibe. The coaching staff, the owner of the team. Everything just felt great. I told them I'd be very excited to have the opportunity to play for them.
Q: How surprised were you that you were still on the board at 13?
A: I wasn't thinking about it too much. I'm just kind of different. I really wasn't worried about how high I went. I just wanted to have the opportunity to be drafted and finally know where I would go.
Q: Was there another team you thought might take you?
A: I thought a lot of teams would be a possibility, but you never know. I just had my head on straight and was optimistic through the whole process.
Q: How confident are you that you can help this defense right away?
A: Oh, man, first it comes with a lot of hard work and that's what I know I have to do and bring to the table. I have to earn the respect of my teammates and come in and learn that I'm ready to work. I'm pretty confident. I set high expectations.
Q: How excited are you to play with Albert Haynesworth?
A: I'm ecstatic, having one of the best defensive tackles in the game right now will make my job a lot easier. That's what you need is that force up the middle.
Q: No one doubts your pass-rush ability but you play on a side where teams will run a lot at you. How do you feel you'll hold up against the Marion Barbers and Brandon Jacobs?
A: The NFC East has great running backs. You have to stop the run. I'm ready to get learned by great coaches and get after it and stop the run when you need to and then pin your ears back and go.
Q: What did you do so well as a pass rusher?
A: Oh, man that's just that fire and intensity that I bring as far as getting after the quarterback, doing whatever it takes. I don't have a favorite move or anything. I just go and try to do the best I can and put pressure.
Q: Are there any concerns with your knee injury moving forward, could that be an issue?
A: No, not at all. It was just an unfortunate situation. I tried my best to get back and be 100 percent. I'm 100 percent right now.
Q: Where do you feel you'll have to make the most strides this year coming in?
A: Obviously everyone's not perfect. One thing I know is don't think pass too much. You have to be able to stop the run with the division that we're in. That's something I know I have to work on. Don't pull the trigger getting after the quarterback too much. We've got to settle down and play the run first.
Q: What do you think your role might be, will you do some linebacker?
A: Yes. It's all about the packages that I can bring to the role. I talked with [linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti] and he really likes me and sees me as a SAM backer on first and second down and then when I get after it on third and long, get down in your stance and do what I do best. I bring a lot of versatility to the table.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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