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DE Crawford transcript

Here is the entire transcript from a conference call with fifth-round draft pick defensive end Jack Crawford:

Q: Did you know Raiders were interested in you?
A: Yeah, the Raiders were one of the teams I was close to from the beginning, since the Combine. It was good to seem them come through and give me an opportunity like this.

Q: Did they have you out here for a visit?
A: No.

Q: Have you taken a moment to reflect how unlikely this is, given how long and how far you’ve come?
A: It’s crazy. It’s a little emotional right now, everybody is crying. It’s so unlikely. I told myself coming into this situation that I wasn’t going to get upset if I didn’t get drafted. I have come so far already. I am just so happy. This is one of the best days of my life.

Q: Saw you worked out with Tre Thomas. How much did that help you?
A: Yeah. He is just so insightful and he has so much experience. It was good to see things from an offensive tackle’s perspective. It helped me out so much. He told me things that I didn’t know. The small things that you don’t recognize in a game. Helped me mentally a lot.

Q: How soon before you reach out to Stefen Wisniewski and ask about the Raiders?
A: I was just living with Stef Wisniewski at the offseason training up at Penn State. I stayed with him, and I was asking him about the Raiders. He had nothing but good things to say, and now I can be his teammate again. It’s a good feeling.

Q: You had a dip in production your junior year. What happened there?
A: I got hurt. I sprained a ligament in my right foot and it was just hard, because instead of having the surgery, I decided to let it heal a little bit and try and come back. I didn’t give myself enough time to heal up and I could never play up to my full potential.

Q: When did you make the transition in your mind from basketball player to football player?
A: It was the first year I played. Stepping on that football field for the first time, it was a feeling I never had before. I like how it was physical game. I grew up playing rugby and stepping on the football field, there was just a lot more excitement. When I started to get more of a feel for the game, I became more and more intrigued by it.

Q: Did you watch football growing up?
A: A little bit. Not so much. I couldn’t really follow it like you can in America.

Q: Because you haven’t played a lot, do you feel like you have a lot of room to grow?
A: That’s the one thing about me, I always feel like I have room to improve. That’s my mindset. And that’s what’s gotten me to where I am now.

Q: How did you discover football? What was the reason you played for the first time?
A: Just watching a game in high school, it looked fun. I liked the contact, the physical part of it, that’s what brought me over to the sport.

Q: How does a guy go from not playing football to being recruited by Penn State in two years?
A: (Laughs) That’s crazy, man. My high school coach told me, when I stepped on the field, just told me a little bit about the positions I’d be playing, defensive end and wide receiver and then he just told me, on defense, just go get the ball. And that’s what I did for him. Every play I lined up, I took off and try to get back to the running back as much as possible. And one thing I think helped me was just my work ethic. I used to always do the extra part just to try to get better.

Q: What did the Raiders coaches say to you when they got you on the phone?
A: They said, congratulations. They said, We expect you to keep showing us the motor that you showed on the tape. Keep working harder now you’re here because this is about football now; celebrate with your family for tonight and then get ready for mini-camp when it starts because it’s about football.

Q: What were you trying to prove to scouts and coaches through this process?
A: I think the biggest thing I’m trying to show is that, I think physically I’m just as able as any other defensive end in the draft and I think that whatever they need me to do, whatever they want me to do, I’m not going to stop working until I get to that point where they’re satisfied and I’m satisfied with my performance. I really want to bring a lot to the table and I think that I’m happy that I got drafted, but for me this is the beginning. This is where I have to improve myself so I can help the Raiders and hopefully help us win the Super Bowl.

Q: Preparing to not get drafted, what’s this process been like for you?
A: It’s crazy, it’s weird because I don’t know what the coaches think. I don’t know how people rank different players and stuff and I don’t know what different coaches want. I talk to different teams with different rankings and you just never know. So a lot of these mock drafts, I don’t like to look at them, but a lot of them had me going undrafted or sixth round, seventh round, and I just kind of been hoping for the best the whole time, kind of prayed and hoped everything went well. But when I finally got the call, the waiting was hard…my while family was here, I had to watch it. But when I got that phone call it was just a relief. Now I really get an opportunity to showcase what I have.

Q: Where are you right now?
A: I’m at my family’s place in New Jersey, my host family, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Q: Did your whole family move to America from England?
A: My real family still lives in London. They still live there and I keep in contact with them, closely. Ever since I’ve lived in America I’ve lived with a host family, like a big Italian family and they treat me like their family, they treat me like real family out there so I feel lucky. I feel blessed to be with them and for them, they support me and treat me like their son.

Q: What’s the name of that family?
A: Dandrea.

Q: You grew up in London, Aresenal supporter?
A: Yeah, yeah (laughs).

Q: Thank you, congratulations.
A: Thank you so much, man.

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Steve Corkran

  • Seymour Bush

    Sweet

  • Seymour Bush

    Man everyone must be checking out Teblow highlights on NFLN

  • Seymour Bush

    wonder what’s in the fridge…

  • Try Some Reality

    All speculation, optimism, and pessimism, folks. Truth is we won’t know until this season or maybe up to 3 seasons from now.

  • Seymour Bush

    You would think Jamista clown could at least clean the toilets to earn his keep around here.

  • priesttj

    We drafted another Matt S and a Des Bryant, these two Dlineman just remind me of those two players. Yeah things have changed………..right!!

  • RaiderBrick

    You’re a bitter little man, aren’t you, Priesttj?

  • HairyBush

    yo

  • Try Some Reality

    #6 – Al Davis wouldn’t have drafted Criner.

  • Seymour Bush

    that’s not priest. That’s a troll.

  • aig-raiders

    TJ, you’re the only fool on here that would claim nothing has changed in Oak in terms of the draft. But keep on believing that to yourself.

    BTW, Cristo is much more polished than Crawford. An easy youtube will tell you that.

  • priesttj

    glad to have you aboard mate!…

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jerry should have fun interviewing Bilikidi.
    The official language of Angola, where he’s from, is Portugese and yet Bilukidi is a French Canadian.

    And here’s Jerry having trouble with English.
    –just kidding Jerry, you write some great stuff.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Christo Bilikudi highlights:

    http://youtu.be/STiBwfkomOY

  • Dakota

    priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
    No one said Porter and Brown were slow…

    Said Porter wasn’t a track star and he wasn’t. We had LB’s that ran 4.4’s.

    ============

    “Porter attended Coolidge High School in Washington D.C., and was a star in football, basketball, baseball, and track.”

  • boss01

    Criner = Chaz with ball-catching skills

  • priesttj

    Yeah yeah yeah these are typical Al Davis picks athletic size guys Big Al would’ve drafted Crawford in a heartbeat. And the Christo late as well…..trust me I know if anyone does.

  • DJ Johnny

    Cristo’s nickname is ‘The Count of Monte’

  • mcfadden20.

    NICE INTERVIEW.. very hardworker , we will be good on D because we got very nice players

  • alzadoX

    Tom Compton and Nick Mondek, OL off board

  • DJ Johnny

    17.priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Yeah yeah yeah these are typical Al Davis picks athletic size guys Big Al would’ve drafted Crawford in a heartbeat. And the Christo late as well…..trust me I know if anyone does.

    Are you the “original” Priest?

  • aig-raiders

    “Porter attended Coolidge High School in Washington D.C., and was a star in football, basketball, baseball, and track.
    ———-

    The problem with TJ is rather than acknowledging his mistakes he double downs on them while insulting everyone else as know nothing along the way.

  • aig-raiders

    boss01 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Criner = Chaz with ball-catching skills
    ————-
    Or Chaz without the injuries.

  • priesttj

    The old scouts are still singing in the warroom. No doubt about it!!

  • priesttj

    None other DJ…

  • alzadoX

    Steve Corkran:
    Love the Juron Criner and Miles Burris selections. Crawford and Bilukidi sound like long-shots to make the roster.

    *****

    easy to stash developmental DL on practice squad, since they don’t cover kicks on special teams. If these guys show potential, we will be able to hang on to them

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Q: How soon before you reach out to Stefen Wisniewski and ask about the Raiders?
    A: I was just living with Stef Wisniewski at the offseason training up at Penn State. I stayed with him, and I was asking him about the Raiders. He had nothing but good things to say, and now I can be his teammate again. It’s a good feeling.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Little Wiz’s comments about Crawford were pretty encouraging.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Christo is a defintley a no risk high reward guy…. He has nice speed for a big guy… This draft is very Interesting

  • irjonny

    dennard is a day one starter in the slot and potential for starter. beast of a corner. punched a cop…so what. take him reggie

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    We drafted another Matt S and a Des Bryant, these two Dlineman just remind me of those two players. Yeah things have changed………..right!!
    ——–
    Come on Priest! You are not fooling anyone. We all know your football IQ is very low. Your the one who said Vick is a better QB than Elway.

  • Chris in NY

    aig-raiders Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    boss01 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Criner = Chaz with ball-catching skills
    ————-
    Or Chaz without the injuries.

    ————————

    Chaz has very good hands and ability to catch in tight areas.

    If you want to make that comparrison, I’d say Criner = a more polished, less injury-prone but significantly slower Chaz (I believe Chaz ran a sub-4.4 out of college)

  • DJ Johnny

    25.priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:02 pm
    None other DJ…

    Cool. Why absent for so long?

  • Try Some Reality

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    that’s not priest. That’s a troll.

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    I agree. That or he’s had too much malt liquor.

  • Marks hair

    So raw.

  • priesttj

    DJ I can only take so much of this stuff anymore…..it’s fun to come in for a minute. But football is way down on the list of discussion in here. The rest I can do without..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like 3/5 picks. I wish all the rookies the best, but I don’t agree with our 3rd and 6th pick.

  • aig-raiders

    Yeah, Chaz was quite fast. Liked him a lot but not his injuries. As for Criner, he is a slower version of Chaz without the injury…I hope.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    He sounded like Priest earlier but not so much now.

  • Marks hair

    You ALWAYS draft d-linemen.. Good pix

  • aig-raiders

    priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    DJ I can only take so much of this stuff anymore…..it’s fun to come in for a minute. But football is way down on the list of discussion in here. The rest I can do without..
    ————-

    quick hint. Try posting your opinion while NOT TELLING EVERYONE AS KNOW NOTHING AT THE SAME TIME.

  • Seymour Bush

    this is that lame troll that would steal peoples handles and try to sound like them and then make idiotic comments. Some lame useless clowns just have no lives. To sit on the internet and post slime all day is just pathetic.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Knicks are getting the Raider treatment from the refs. This game is a joke.

  • alzadoX

    I still think any decent run stuffing NT/DT even if lacking special qualities could help us stabilize our run defense, thus having bigger impact than a 6th-7th rounder at most any other position. Obviously the NFL talent evaluators don’t agree, as all these guys have been picked later than anticipated. NFL becoming a passing league…at least that’s current trend, not necessarily permanent

    Hebron Fangupo NT/DT BYU
    Miles Burris, LB, S.D. St. GOT HIM ALREADY!
    Billy Winn, DE, Boise St.
    Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska charged with hitting cop recently, best in zone
    Adrien Cole MLB La. Tech
    Audie Cole, LB,
    Edwin “Rock” Baker, RB
    David Molk, C
    Leonard Johnson, CB Iowa St
    Chris Polk, RB
    Trevor Guyton, DE, Cal
    Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma attitude questionable to some
    Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, NT
    D”Angelo Tyson, NT Georgia
    Sammy Brown, LB, Houston
    Jacquies Smith, DE/LB, Missouri
    Brett Roy LB/DL Nevada
    Coryell Judie, FS-CB
    Alex Hoffman-Ellis, LB
    James Brown, OT-OG Troy St
    Ryan Steed, FS-CB Furman
    Quentin Saulsbury, C-G Miss. St.
    Dale Moss, WR, S. Dakota St. athlete, big, hands
    Derrick Coleman RB-FB UCLA power goalline
    Rishard Matthews WR-PR Nevada
    Charles Brown CB-PR North Carolina

  • YoungAmerican

    Sammy Brown, Emmanuel Acho, Janzen Jackson, Cordarro Law, Leonard Johnson, Julian Miller, and Hebron Fangupo still on the board.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Priest when u talk to Criners dad tell him the blog said wassup. Lmao. And ask your “bud” Timma why self proclaimed Mr Raider signed a Bronco FA deal.

  • Seymour Bush

    he was right about Arman tho.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Out.

  • boss01

    Chris in NY Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    aig-raiders Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    boss01 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Criner = Chaz with ball-catching skills
    ————-
    Or Chaz without the injuries.

    ————————

    Chaz has very good hands and ability to catch in tight areas.

    ==============================

    Are you kidding me? what games were you watching? his inconsistency with dropping balls time and time again the few times he managed to play is the reason he isnt here anymore…had he caught that pass vs the lions, we would have made the playoffs, enough said

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Branch > Timma for HOF

  • aig-raiders

    Boss,

    Chaz used to go fight for the ball and Jawalrus even pointed that out too. I would never doubt Chaz’s hands but I know he can never be a reliable Wr due to his injuries.