NFL Draft Q&A: DT Ryan McBean

Oklahoma State defensive tackle Ryan McBean talks about his first NFL team visit, who else has shown interest in him, why he believes he'll succeed at the next level and more in this exclusive interview with's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: You told me you had a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers. How did that visit go, what was it like?

Ryan McBean: It was great to meet the players and have a chance to interview with the head coach. It was great meeting with the defensive line coach, watching tapes and going over stuff.

ET: What did you like about (Steelers head coach) Mike Tomlin?

RM: Everything, I got along with him the first time I met him. It was a great experience.

ET: Out of the players you met while you were there, was there anyone that really stuck out to you?

RM: Casey Hampton. He's a big dude.

ET: Can you see yourself lining up next to him?

RM: I can see myself lining up with anyone, going 100 percent.

ET: Do you have any other visits set up at this point?

RM: I think Jacksonville is on the 16th if I remember correctly. And the Dallas Cowboys told me whenever I'm in town to stop by for a workout.

ET: That Jacksonville defense would be another unit that would be great for you…

RM: Any defense, I can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3.

Ryan McBean at the 2007 NFL Combine (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
ET: Let's talk about your talent. What is it that you think you're going to be able to bring to an NFL club when you line up next year?

RM: I've got a quick motor.

ET: You didn't miss any games during your college career. How did you handle all that banging around in the trenches without a single injury?

RM: I've been blessed. I tell my family to pray for me and I pray for myself. I've been blessed. Condition wise, I make sure I stay conditioned.

ET: You were born in Jamaica, how did you end up in Texas?

RM: I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, I moved when I was 14 years old and went to Brooklyn, N.Y., lived there a couple months and then came to Texas where I first started playing football.

ET: Those are three completely different areas of the world even though two of them are in the United States. You go from Jamaica to the Bronx to Texas. How did you adjust to three different settings like that?

RM: I don't know, at my age growing up in Jamaica it's a different culture.

ET: When you were at the Combine, did you have a chance to do some formal interviews?

RM: Yes sir, I met with the New York Jets, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville.

ET: Do you see yourself fitting into a system like the one in Indianapolis where you'd primarily be counted on to cover a single gap assignment? And what would you think of working next to Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis?

RM: I see myself fitting into any system. Dwight Freeney, great player… real great player.

ET: What would you like the fans to know about you as a person or as a player?

RM: I'm going to come in fast and I'm going to get in and produce for any team that is willing to draft me. I'm a great player and great guy and want to give back to the community, my friends and family. I love football. Football is my life and has been my long dream and I'm glad to be here. God has blessed me and is still blessing me to this day. I'm thankful for that.

To learn more about Ryan McBean, visit his player profile page and this NFL Draft Snapshot feature.

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the network and syndicated through's NFL team pages.

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