2012 NFL Draft
Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28, 2012
1st Round – 24th Overall
Can you describe what it was like getting a call from the Steelers?
It was surreal. I was just really excited. There were a lot of hugs. I was kind of stunned. I was just excited to be on a team.
Did you think you would be drafted by the Steelers?
I had no expectations going in. I didn’t know where I was going, just wait and see what happens.
Re: Kevin Colbert being surprised you were still available:
I went into the thing with no expectations. The draft has so many variables. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I am just thankful that I am on a great team and a great franchise. I am just excited.
How ready are you to step in and play in the NFL?
I don’t know how to answer that. I think playing in the pro-style offense definitely helps. I think there are a lot of differences, starting with athletic ability and how much technique is used in the professional game.
Re: Playing at Stanford:
We had some great coaches and a great strength staff. They pushed us to really work hard. I think they made us ready for the NFL.
Re: Seeing one of the Harbaugh brothers twice a year now:
Re: History and tradition of the Steelers:
I grew up a Seahawks fan. Funny story, I wasn’t the biggest Steelers fan growing up. You beat us in Super Bowl XL. Now I am the biggest Steelers fan there is.
How much do you think the offense ran behind your blocks?
I know it was quite a bit but I don’t have the exact number off the top of my head.
Re: Similarities between Steelers offense and Stanford offense:
I’ve definitely watched the Steelers, and I can see some of the same styles of play.