How does it feel to be selected by the
Giants in the first round?
It is wonderful. I was outside playing catch
with my little nephew and my mom called me because I guess they
had my name at the bottom of the screen as a projection. I went
in and got the call and immediately my hands started shaking, my
heard started pounding, but I am full of excitement right now. I
really don’t know how to explain it.
Did you know how seriously the Giants were
looking at you?
Not at all. Honestly they did not show me any
answers. I did not go in to visit with the Giants and they did
not call me like other teams. So if it was a poker game, they
What can you do to help this team as a
I compete. I am a competitor. I compete in
everything I do. With that value I’d never change myself. I am a
driven player, a driven person, and I am very personable. I can
get along with the team and figure I can fit in with the team
Do you think you’ll be able to step in right
away and compete for a job here?
Yes. I have to say that I am a competitor so I
am not coming there to sit on the bench. I am coming there to
battle for a position, but of course respect the veteran players
and get under some of the veteran’s wings to learn the plays and
to learn the systems. It is a job; you have to compete for a
starting position. I am going to get under the players, let them
teach me, learn from them, and see what happens.
How much press coverage did you play in
We played quite a bit my freshman, sophomore,
and junior years. This past year we played a lot of quarters
due to injuries in the secondary.
Is playing press coverage a strength of
Yes. I feel like that is my strength to get
down there and lock up on a guy. That is something I did in high
school and like I said in my first three years of college. I
really love to man up on guys and take them out of the game.
What do you think the toughest adjustment
will be at the NFL level?
I think being star struck. Facing T.O. Facing
Chad Johnson. Making myself realize that they are not on a video
game anymore or on Sunday Night Football. I am up against them on
the other side. Once I get over that I feel like I will be
Who did you talk to when the Giants called?
I am not sure.
What did they tell you about how they saw
you fitting in?
They said they liked me a lot. They did not
really get into details. They just said they really liked me as a
player and as a person and that you are a Giant. That is when I
heard my name called and they were calling me back to get on
You are a little older than the average
rookie; do you think that is an advantage?
Yes. It has made me mature a lot faster. I
had to sit out for two years. Those two years were really good
for me. I had a chance to be with my mom, to be with my pastor,
and everyone. It kept my mind right.
Where did you think you were going to go in
The whole projection I kept hearing was between
17 and 27 so I am excited I went at 20. I thought I was going to
be at least 26 or 27.
What kept you out two years?
Transfer issues. I went to two high schools
and one of the schools did not have one of my grades on the
transcript and it was mixed up for two years. It cost me two
Do you like returning punts?
Yes, I love returning punts, I love doing
that. Especially since I have an offensive mind, that is my way
to play a little bit of offense.