Before They Were Pros: Troy Williamson

The Vikings' first draft didn't have any idea who would select him back at the NFL Combine, when professional hopefuls answered a barrage of questions from teams and the media. While the No. 7 overall pick in the draft correctly classified himself as an under-the-radar receiver, he went much higher than he was expecting two months earlier. See what Williamson was thinking back then.

Q: How much free time do you guys get here?

A:
Some of the free time we get is between when we're going to get physicals and all that, talk to each other, joke around. We don't get too much free time.


Q: Is meeting with teams and media intimidating?

A:
No, intimidating, no. The only thing you can do is go out and do your best because you are going to have a lot of people watching you perform, so you go out and do what you can do.

Q: Braylon Edwards mentioned there were a lot of under-the-radar-players in this draft. Do you fit that bill?

A:
Of course, I feel like I'm an under-the-radar guy. Everybody can't wait until I can get out there and run that forty. I can't wait to run it either. Just to show the people the talent I have, show them the opportunity I have that some of the other receivers haven't. Everybody is going to see that on Sunday when it is time for me to run.

Q: Do you like playing at that weight – (202 pounds)?

A:
No problem. I have no problem being at 202, it is somewhere I wanted to be and I'm going to have no problem doing it.

Q: Can you play special teams?

A:
Of course. I did it all through college – punt returns, kickoff returns, no big deal.

Q: Do you think you'll separate yourself from others if you come in and run as fast as hype at your size?

A:
My main goal is to do my best and do what I have to do. Regardless of how high everybody runs, I'm going to run what I'm supposed to run. They say I'm the fastest receiver, but it might be somebody else faster. I don't know how everyone else is going to run. I've got to set my goals for me and do what I got to do.

Q: Straight line speed, what are you going to run?

A:
We'll have to see on Sunday.

Q: What time would be disappointing, what would be satisfactory?

A:
Disappointing to me would be anything over a 4.4. Satisfied would be anything in the 4.3 range.

Q: What teams have you interviewed with?

A:
Tampa, Denver, Green Bay, Baltimore, some more. I had a pretty good bit of interviews.

Q: Any kind of indication of where you might go?

A:
What I had before was 2nd round.

Q: Some people have linked you with Baltimore. Have they given you any indication you'll end up there?

A:
No.

Q: You did an interview with them?

A:
Yes

Q: You were the state champion in the 100 meters?

A:
Yes, sir. My fastest time was a 10.35

Q: What are some of the questions teams are asking you?

A:
Pretty much what every teams asks is the same. Family background. Did you get into any trouble in college? Who are some of the people you look up to? Same stuff that every other team wants to know.

Q: Are you going to be doing all of the workouts here?

A:
Yes.

Q: Is there any reason why you feel players shouldn't work out here?

A:
The way I feel about it, if you can run, you can run. If you can catch, you can catch. That isn't going to change whether you work out here or work out back in South Carolina.


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