Chicago's newest Bear spoke with the media shortly after being drafted by the team in the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft:
On the initial reaction of getting the news from the Bears:
"Oh man, I was definitely excited and happy just to be a part of a great organization, I really can’t wait."
On having a sense if they were really after him:
“You know I had a little, it wasn’t too much. I thought I might have a chance to go to Chicago. I just ended up there, my private workout went great, I thought I did good and I thought the D-line coach liked me, Coach (Mike) Phair, and we did some board work. I thought I did good in that and I thought they liked me. I thought I might end up having a shot and they ended up picking me so it’s great.”
On joining a defense with perennial Pro Bowlers:
“Yeah it’s awesome, it’s unbelievable. Just to play alongside guys like Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher it’s really going to be great and I can’t wait to get out there.
On how far figuratively and literally he's coming to Chicago and the journey:
“Yeah, I mean this whole journey has been great, I came from a small town but I really consider myself a big city guy and I love big cities like Chicago and New York anything like that. I love the big cities; I don’t think it’s much of a hard transition really. I think it will be great for me and my family and I’ll enjoy it for sure.”
On comparing chasing animals on a farm to chasing an NFL Quarterback:
“Well you have to have agility to chase chickens, so it’s kind of similar I guess. Nah, not really it’s different definitely but you know it’s cool.”
On being more comfortable in the 3 point stance or standing up like a linebacker:
“Yeah, I honestly don’t have a preference. I think I can be a threat from both, and whatever the Bears want me to play. If they want me in a three-point [stance] to get after the quarterback or two-point, you know I’m happy with either.”
On what appealed most about the Bears:
“Oh yeah, definitely, I knew if I went to Chicago I’d be getting after the quarterback rushing the passer a lot. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for me to play there.”
On being an all downs type of guy, did that help moving up to 19?
"Yeah I think so, my versatility definitely helped me out, being able to play multiple positions and play them well."
On making an impact as a rookie:
"Yeah I think I can, and I think that’s why they picked me up. I think they believe in me and I think I will be able to get after the quarterback and you know coverage or whatever it may be and I think I’ll be able to you know make an impact."