At Senior Bowl media night, I caught up with a few athletes. Here are the conversations:
Georgia Offensive Lineman Cordy Glenn
How was your first day of practice?
Good. Pretty good, I thought I did pretty good for not knowing what to expect. I was just trying to pick up on some of the things the coaches wanted out of us. I think this next practice I’ll be more prepared and more ready to know exactly what’s going on and what we’ll be doing.
You were at left tackle in practice today, is that where you see yourself in the NFL?
Honestly man, I just wanna play for a team and get drafted. I can play left tackle or guard, I’m pretty good at both.
You don’t have a preference?
Is there a specific defender who has stood out to you yet as a really tough matchup?
(Pauses) Specificly? Well, everybody here is good, I don’t know.
What are your goals this week?
Just get better at everything, doing what the coaches say. Just take in the teachings and try and get better.
With the level of competition, do you rise to the occasion?
Yea, I love competition. I love competing.
How much are you looking forward to the game on Saturday?
I’m just looking forward to going out there and having some fun with these guys. Showing these guys what I can do in a game format it’s gonna be a great experience for me.
Marshall Defensive End Vinny Curry
How was your first day?
My first day so far was good, man. It felt good to get back in pads, run around a little bit, run around with the rest of them.
Did they try anything new with you that you hadn’t done before?
Everything was basically the same. Football is football. I learned some things technique wise, it was great.
What did you think of the coaches?
Loved the coaching staff. Everything, everybody so far are straight forward guys.
Did you know any of them previously?
No, yesterday was the first time we met.
Are there any offensive tackles who you’re looking forward to matching up against this week?
All of them, all of those guys. I’m just looking to line up against the best of them and try my best.
Do you have any draft day plans?
Not really, haven’t really got that far yet.
North Carolina Defensive End Quinton Coples
How was the first day of practice?
Great. It was fun. Unfortunate weather with the ground, but it was a great day.
What has this experience been like so far?
It’s different. I’ve never experienced something like that before. But overall it’s definitely a good experience. I appreciate everything that has happened so far.
I have to ask because it’s staring me in the eye, how much did that tattoo (branding) on your arm hurt?
My brand? It didn’t hurt at all. Never had any pain. Offensive linemen like to hit it but it doesn’t hurt any.
You worked against Zebrie Sanders today and at Florida State, talk about what kind of player he is.
He’s a great young guy, he’s definitely gonna have a great career, NFL-wise.
What kind of feedback are you getting?
Great feedback. Everybody so far just wants to know my general background, how I was raised.
What teams have shown the most interest so far?
(Smiles) All of them.
As far as 3-4 defense or 4-3 defense goes, do you actually have a preference? What do you think your best position is?
I don’t have a preference. I probably am best in a 4-3 because I practiced it most throughout my collegiate career. But overall I’m willing and ready for whatever.
Any advice from former teammate Robert Quinn?
I talked to him two days ago, he said I have to kill everybody. I have to beast it and destroy everybody. That’s the type of defensive linemen mindset we have, it’s never like “Go out and have a good day today” it’s just “Destroy and kill everybody.”
At any point did you get frustrated with the team this season?
Nah, I didn’t get frustrated. We dealt with some adversity, we had some situations that were unfortunate for us. We had a lot of young guys and we kinda struggled. I think we had a successful season we definitely didn’t win as many games as we wanted to but I think we competed at a high level.
What do you want to show scouts out here?
Versatility and that I’ll do anything to get to the Super Bowl.
Any feedback on where you’re going?
I’m not worried about that, I’ll let my agent handle that. I just have to go out there and do my best and compete.
Any special draft plans?
Nope, just hoping to get drafted.
What about your first paycheck? What do you plan on buying?
Hopefully buy an apartment or somewhere to stay at in the city.
Those were the first 3 athlete interviews I’ve ever done. You can see a clear improvement from one interview to the next! Huzzah. Thank you Evernote app, and thanks to those guys for taking time to let me interview them.
Time to go to bed for more Senior Bowl goodness tomorrow. If you have any questions or recommendations please feel free to send them my way!