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Football: Mohamed speaks

By Jonathan Okanes
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 10:35 pm in Football, off-season stuff.

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.”

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