Courtesy NY Jets PR DepartmentÂ
On being picked by the Jetsâ€¦
Iâ€™m just excited to be a New York Jet. Theyâ€™re a great team. I want to say thank you to the owner, (Woody) Johnson, the general manager (Mike) Tannenbaum and Eric Mangini for drafting me.Â
On if he knew the Jets would trade up for himâ€¦
I had no idea. Iâ€™m just thankful to have the opportunity. Iâ€™m thankful to come in and compete for the team. Iâ€™m grateful.
On the opportunity to play along side Jonathan Vilmaâ€¦
They have great linebackers, a great defense, and Iâ€™m just going to try to go in and compete.Â Â Iâ€™m not really worried about whoâ€™s in front of me or behind me. Iâ€™m pretty sure the coaches will put me in when they feel Iâ€™m ready, and I just want to go in and compete.
On the 3-4 defenseâ€¦
The defense changes from week-to-week depending on what you want to do that week and the opponent. I played a 3-4 my sophomore year here at Michigan.
On playing inside linebackerâ€¦
Everybody has different concepts and it varies from week-to-week and some of the new game plans. You never know.Â
On Victor Hobsonâ€¦
He was a fifth-year senior my redshirt year. Heâ€™s a great player. Heâ€™s a leader and I talked to him a lot about when I was training in New Jersey and I canâ€™t wait to get started.Â
On Linebackersâ€™ Coach Jim Herrmannâ€¦
I have a great relationship with him. He was my D-coordinator at Michigan all four years and heâ€™s always been a great person to talk to, a great coach.Â
On meeting with the Jetsâ€¦
I met them down at the combine.Â
On who he spoke with thereâ€¦
I spoke to almost everybody on their staff.Â
On his strengths as a playerâ€¦.
I think Iâ€™m a well-rounded person, a well-rounded athlete. I will try to come in, work on myself overall with everything and try to compete on the NFL level.Â
On knowing if the Jets would pick himâ€¦
You never know at the draft if an NFL team will call you and Iâ€™m thankful that the New York Jets called me.Â
On talk that teams were considering him late in the first roundâ€¦
You canâ€™t listen to what they say. Hopefully they like the way you play and you can help contribute and you can help them win. The Jets gave me the opportunity.Â