March 19, 2014
BAYLOR PRO DAY QUOTES
Coach Art Briles
On Pro Day:
"It's always exciting when we get to Pro Day, and I think our guys have competed well just like they did in the fall. All of these guys certainly helped us win a Big 12 Championship, and it's nice for them to come out here and get a chance to go to the next level. It's also nice for our young guys to see where they're going to be some day. It's a win-win deal. Kaz (Kazadi) and his crew do as good of a job as anyone in the United States of setting up Pro Day."
On the difference in comfort level between Pro Day and the NFL Combine:
"You know, the food tastes better at home. This is home for them and they know what to expect before they get it, and that's always a very comfortable situation. The thing that I think it correlates to is when they get into the league. You know, they get with a team and they get comfortable with that team and they know what's going to happen before it happens, and then they perform better. That's why at these Pro Days they really excel here because there's not a factor of what if something happens, they know what's going to happen before it happens."
On expectations for the draft:
"I just hope that they all have the opportunity to get in camp and go from there. I certainly would not be surprised if we had six guys drafted this year. I think that's a strong possibility and an expectation."
On whether or not he thinks he will go in the first or second round:
"It really doesn't matter where I go as long as I have the opportunity to showcase what I've got. Whatever God is going to do in my life is definitely what is going to happen. Only time will tell. All I can do is play to the best of my ability and practice to the best of my ability."
On his prediction for his future:
"I just want to go out there and play to the best of my ability. You guys want me to say something like `I'm going to be the best player who ever played in the NFL.' I haven't even played in the NFL yet. I'm not going to say anything. I just want to earn my job and earn my keep."
On how Baylor's Offense has prepared him for the NFL:
"A lot of people have the misconception that our receivers can't run the routes, we can't learn the defense, and all that. But over the past years in the NFL and college, we've had successful receivers coming out of Baylor. We're just trying to come here year after year and kill the stereotype of Baylor receivers, and this offense helps that a lot."
On draft expectations:
"I hope I get drafted. That's my only expectation. We come from the land of opportunities. Up here at Baylor, you get a chance, you take it. If I get picked up by a team, I only need one opportunity, one rep and I'll go out there and show them what I'm made of."
On the Baylor Pro Day Environment:
"You're comfortable, you're with guys you know and coaches you know. You can't get amped up like this at the combine. It's a lot of fun. When you have music blasting and you can just be yourself like you are when you are at home with your favorite tune on. That's pretty much what this is like. Just be who you are and come out and perform."
On his teammates' and his NFL potential:
"On paper, we don't have any first round draft picks, but if you line up all these guys out here I guarantee that they will beat a first-round draft pick. Coach Briles knows how to go out and find guys, and all these guys here are heck of a ball players. There might not be a first-round draft pick in somebody else's eyes, but in my eyes all of them go first round."
On his performance at Pro Day:
"I thought position drills went good. I caught the ball good. It was just fun to be out here with your teammates one last time."
On the NFL Combine:
"It was pretty stressful. A lot of people don't see the three days that go into it, going to bed at midnight and getting up at 4 a.m. Like they said, it's a big four-day job interview, and I felt I did good at it. That's the reason you have pro day after it, is just to improve on things you wish to be better at."