|PHOTOS: DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS|
A: I was just anticipating hearing my name get called on TV. I’ve been working hard for this moment and all my family and my support - my coaches. I felt like this was a good pick for me and I’m ready to work hard and keep going.
Q: Did you know the Giants were interested?
A: Yeah, I knew they had a little interest in me and I talked to them a couple times but it was just so much building up to this moment. Just to get that call from the New York Giants and just be able to play for them and the history they have of winning championships. I’m ready to come along and help as much as I can.
Q: Can you rush the passer?
A: I feel like I can rush the passer. One of my strong points is stopping the run so I’m working on my pass rushing techniques. I’m working on getting that a lot better so I can be a complete D-tackle.
Q: What did the Giants talk to you about?
A: They basically talked to me about coming in and contributing to the defense and doing the best that I can and hopefully be a starter one day but just come in and make a good impression and help the team out.
Q: How did your career at Ohio State prepare you to play in the NFL?
A: It helped tremendously well from just my physical aspect with my weight and getting me stronger. Then when it comes to the game, just watching film and knowing what the offense is going to do before the play even happens and just the tradition there just getting guys to the league was just a great asset for me and they prepared me really well.
Q: Have you compared yourself to DT
A: We have a nice comparison. He’s a dominant defensive tackle in the league. Playing, I feel like we both have kind of a sort of a similarity to our game but I’m going to learn from him and try to get better.
Q: Do you see yourself as a rarity as a player?
A: Yes, I see that. I feel like being the way I am, 325 pounds. You don’t really see too many big guys running from sideline to sideline making plays. Just playing defensive end and all of the positions on the defensive front, I feel like I’m probably one of the best and I feel like I’m the best so I’m going to keep working hard to help the team be good.
Q: How many plays were you on the field for in a college game?
A: I basically this past season played the whole game. With Coach Meyer, he never wanted his starters off the field so that’s one thing while I was getting ready for the offseason I was trying to get in better shape because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to come off the field. Plus, I love the game. I really don’t want to come off the field so I took the challenge of playing all of those snaps and I feel like I did pretty well at it.
Q: Did you think you had a chance to go in the first round?
A: It was a chance but things happen. Some teams saw who they wanted and who they wanted to pick but right now I’m just happy and blessed that I get the opportunity to play right now.
Q: Where are you right now, are you with your family?
A: Yeah, I’m with my family back home in Detroit.
Q: Are you able to come to the rookie minicamp?
A: Yeah, I think I’ll be there for the rookie camp.
Q: I assume you grew up a Lions fan?
A: Not really, I was really a defensive guy. I liked teams with good defense. I liked to watch the Patriots and the Steelers. I’m just more of a football player, not just a fan of a single team.
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