By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 12:57 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders fifth-round draft pick Juron Criner phoned in from Las Vegas to talk about his selection at No. 168. Here is the entire transcript from the conference call with the Bay Area media:
A: “Thank you.”
Q: Surprised you lasted until the fifth round?
A: “I wouldn’t quite say I had expectations. Like you said, you never know how things are going to turn out. You just got to be patient and just wait until your name is called.”
Q: What are your strengths as a receiver?
A: “I would say, my size, my body control. I have a bit of basketball background history, so that definitely helps me with timing jump balls and as a red-zone threat.”
Q: Did you follow the Raiders?
A: “I never really had a favorite team growing up. I just watched players that I like. So, it will be great to come out there. Similar weather and things like that. Great players came out of there. Biletnikoff. So, it will be great to go up there and play for an organization like Oakland.”
Q: Any talk about converting to tight end?
A: “No, never heard of that one, never wanted to get that big.”
Q: How do you fit in with your 40-time?
A: “I would just say that there’s a difference between playing on the field and having field speed than straight-line speed. So, I don’t feel like I would really having a problem fitting into that category.”
Q: How much do you know about the Raiders offense and how you might fit in here?
A: “Not much. You just got to come in ready to learn and just stay open-minded about it and just pick up whatever you can from whoever you can.”
Q: Are you familiar with any of the players on the Raiders roster?
A: “Yeah, a couple of the receivers – Haywood, Denarius Moore – a couple of the young guys. They got a couple of young receivers.”
Q: Where were you today?
A: “I was just at the house with my family, just watching. Out in Vegas.”
Q: Did the Raiders contact you before they selected you?
A: “No. Not until just before the pick. So, I’m very excited to see the phone ring and get the call.”
Q: Did the Raiders show any interest in you at the scouting combine?
A: “Yeah, I talked with their scouts a few times but nothing out of the ordinary or nothing anything really extra.”
Q: Did you visit the facility in Alameda?
Q: Are you from Las Vegas?
A: “Yes, born and raised.”
Q: What high school?
A: “Canyon Valley.”