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(On how it feels to be a Ram)

“It feels great. A lot of hard work and preparation to get to this point and it just paid off. I feel privileged to be even considered to, come play for us and be drafted by them. But, I understand that we have to win, we have to do things that we’ve never done before. I have to go in there and be something I’ve never been before. I have to go in that young guy that’s going 100 miles an hour for one purpose for us to win and for us to be successful and for us to be a productive football team.”

(On if he has to fill big shoes taking former Ram T Orlando Pace’s position)

“Well, obviously that is big shoes to follow. I have to give credit where credit is due. I know Pace was a great offensive tackle, he was drafted high, he was a seven-time Pro Bowler, he’s still a great offensive tackle. But I have to go in there and make my own shoes. I can’t fill his, I have to make mine. Obviously, you know I wear a smaller size than he does at the moment, but at the end of the day, at the end of my career here, I want them to be saying the same thing about me. ‘Hey young buddy, you have to go in there and replace Jason Smith, 20-time Pro Bowler, 15-time, you know. The standard was set high by him and I want to go reach it and sail past it.”

(On if he woke up confident the Rams were going to pick him today and on his contact with the organization)

“Well you don’t know anything. The great thing is I was drafted. I feel blessed, I feel privileged I’m just happy that they called…”

(On why he wanted to be a Ram)

“Obviously, they are at the bottom, they want to be at the top. I could feel that when I was there. I could feel that talking to the guys and then I had the opportunity to go watch the team workout and I’m feeling like I’m part of them. I’m saying ‘why not us? Why not us? Why are we not the ones? And I was like ‘whoa, whoa, whoa,’ I’m not even there yet. But why not us you know? So obviously I have a job to do and I’m going to have that same mentality, ‘why not us?’ Why not me? Why not today? Why not this game? Why not this year? Why not this playoff? Why not this Super Bowl? Let’s make dreams and visions become reality’.”

(On who he received the call from)

“Mr. Devaney. He called and he was like, ‘hey’ and I’m like, ‘ahhhh.’ I wanted to scream, but I had to be professional about it because I knew the arena I’m in.”

(On what his answer was to the call)

“I was like, ‘ahhhh,’ Mr. Devaney. But honestly I’m like is somebody calling from the top of lineup or is it actually labeled Rams and then he was Mr. Devaney and I was like, ‘ahhh, Mr. Devaney.’ But at that point I was like hey, dreams come true. The good guys always come out on top and at that point I was like I have a job to go do and these guys are expecting me to be there and do a job.”

(On if he knows any of the Rams players)

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting Richie Incognito, Jason Brown the center, had a middle man talking with Bulger and then I know who Steven Jackson is and now I actually met either he was linebacker or defensive back, back here in New York…But it’s a great team and we’re going to be a great team, we’re going to do whatever we have to do to win.”

(On if there is an NFL tackle or lineman that he has admired or emulated as his career has developed)

“Well, obviously the great ones, Orlando Pace, let’s talk about him, Flozell Adams, Walter Jones, the young ones, let’s talk about Joe Thomas and let’s talk about Jake Long. These guys have set the standard. These guys have done things that we must go and do as young tackles and that’s something that me and Eugene (Monroe) and Michael Oher and all these other guys say the same thing, the standard is set and it’s set very, very high.”

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