Football: Mohamed speaks

A sampling of what Mike Mohamed had to say on his conference call after getting picked in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos:

On if the sixth round was about where he expected to go:

“I was hoping for the best, hoping for something earlier, but I knew realistically that’s about where they had me. I was just waiting it out and just being hopeful and seeing what was going to happen.”


On waiting for his name to be called:

“It was really tough. I was pretty stressed out. It was just long. I’m just happy that it’s over now.”


On whether Denver was a team he felt was interested:

“Not really, to be honest. I talked to them at the combine a little bit. My gut feeling was that they weren’t one of the top teams. But it was a pleasant surprise.”


On what Denver executive vice president of football operations John Elway had to say on the phone: 

“It was cool. He actually said, ‘Imagine a Stanford guy picking a Cal guy.'”


On his emotions as soon as he got the call:

“Just relief and excitement. I was waiting all weekend. Just to finally know that somebody wants me, it was a huge relief.”

On whether he ever thought he could play in the NFL after being so lightly recruited out of high school: 

“Not at all. I was just hoping to lay in college. Defying the odds is awesome.”


On when he started to realize he was a legitimate NFL prospect:

“I think after my sophomore year. I started to play a lot more. I started to become a regular part of the defense. Just seeing guys that I played with going to the NFL, I finally started to think that it might be possible, that I might be able to do this.”


On re-uniting with former Cal cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson in Denver:

“It will be nice because it’s somebody that I know, somebody that I’ve played with. I’m sure he’s got a bunch of advice to give. It will be cool having a head start at knowing at least one person on the team.”


On the frustration of not being able to get started because of the NFL lockout:

“I’m ready to jump into it right now. As soon as it’s over with, I’m going to be excited.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.