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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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  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw BHP, I agree, I think the BPA thing is overrated.

  • alzadoX

    Minnifield, CB has ankle (both) and knee problems

    Audie Cole, LB, off the board

    Hebron Fangupo NT/DT BYU
    Miles Burris, LB, S.D. St. GOT HIM ALREADY!
    Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska charged with hitting cop recently, best in zone
    Adrien Cole MLB La. Tech
    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

  • DJ Johnny

    99.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    Andy Slater ‏ @AndySlater Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Scoop out of Miami says “whoops” RT @NBCMiami: Report of Derrick Rose’s injury was premature, his status is unknown.
    Retweeted by Victor Cotto
    ———–
    There is still hope.

    That’s right, u are a Chicago guy…If Rose goes down so do the Bulls.

  • xraided

    I do like the prospect of Bergstrom replacing either RT or LG position. if he can pull really well as a Guard in a ZBS, A+ pick in my book. hopefully he and Crines represent as last years Wiz and Moore.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Burfict is a poor mans Franz Joseph.

  • xraided

    i meant to add: and keep NaPalmer clean .. that’s key. Carlisle gets pushed back way too much, and is too old to be as athletic as he once was IMO.

  • xraided

    JFB, LMAO! how’d that guy turn out? everyone was on his nutz when we signed him. people wrote articles about how much of a steal he was.. i almost bought in.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Bulls are the only Chicago team I like. I think I am just cursed when it comes to sports teams.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tashuan Gipson might be a DB option.

    Might have to move to safety, but started almost 40 collegiate games, good size, ST player.

  • lefty12

    Crines will be a great 3rd down/goal line receiver but I doubt he starts.

  • xraided

    I feel you Al. everytime i go to a game of any sport in the Bay, they freakin lose way more than they win, even when they’re having a good season..

  • Just Fire Baby

    Or we can say screw it and draft Kellen Moore to pair with Leinart, so we can corner the market on limp-wristed, noodle-armed, lefty QB’s.

  • alzadoX

    Richard Crawford, DB, SMU stumps NFL.com no size…Redskins #7

    Michael Smith, RB, Utah St. is off board. 4.32 40 but doesn’t play that fast. Decent bowling ball build RB

  • DJ Johnny

    Like u said, we don’t know how bad the Rose injury is yet.

    It didn’t look good.

    Seems like he’s always getting hurt.

    But…still hope.

  • alzadoX

    Tim Fugger DE/LB is off board. There goes our UDFA

  • xraided

    Crines already has better hands and route running than that of DHB when he started. i like his chances in getting plays over Murphy.

  • YoungAmerican

    Motherfugger…

  • Seymour Bush

    2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

    95. Tony Bergstrom, OT/G, Utah: B Grade
    The Raiders needed help on the offensive line. Tony Bergstrom, who can play multiple positions up front, definitely fits the range. He’s also good for Oakland’s scheme.

    129. Miles Burris, DE/OLB, San Diego State: B- Grade
    Miles Burris was a fifth-round prospect, but this is close enough to his range. The Raiders lost some pass-rushers in free agency, so they had to find some replacements.

    158. Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State: B+ Grade
    I had a strong feeling the Raiders would draft Jack Crawford. They really liked him as a fifth-round prospect – this is the exact correct range for him – and as I wrote earlier, they had to find multiple pass-rushers this weekend.

    168. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona: A Grade
    Juron Criner could have easily been picked on Friday. He was No. 95 on the consensus board. The Raiders don’t really need a receiver, but you can’t go wrong with this sort of value.

    189. Christo Bulukidi, DT, Georgia State: D Grade
    Georgia State’s first drafted player! The Panthers are coming into Division 1-A, so this is nice for them. However, he’s No. 752 on the consensus board. I don’t know if anyone else would have selected him.
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    Bergstrom was certainly one of the players the Raiders had on their wish list. Same with Jack Crawford. I see Miles Burris as an inside player more than an outside one. I think they will try him on the outside, but if McClain falters, he may work well there due to his intincts. Criner was an absolute steal. He certainly is a better prospect than guys picked much earlier.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t believe Kheeston Randle has been drafted, which is a major suprise to me.

    Everywhere I say, had him as a 4-6th rounder, and is known as a real high-character person.

    Maybe he was a little too smart, and teams thought he might not love the game enough. Could be.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Kellen Moore is going to succeed in the NFL. He may be the next Joe Montana.

  • Seymour Bush

    AlzadoX Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Tim Fugger DE/LB is off board. There goes our UDFA
    ===================================

    Fugg that sh**.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Burris is going to have to work on his coverage skills if he wants to be an everydown player.

    I think he has the best chance of all our picks though, to be starting on that MNF opener.

  • YoungAmerican

    Dolphins just took Randall.

  • alzadoX

    Comment From PDiddy
    Think Fangupo is apossibility in 7th round or no more DL?
    2:44

    Steve Corkran:
    I like the prospect of adding Fangupo. Massive presence in middle of defensive line.

    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

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Hope Reggie drafts another guy with a name like Slade Norris.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty,

    Don’t be a hater! lol
    Criner will start. Print that!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Well, there you have it.

    I think he can be a good interior pass-rusher, maybe a poor mans Rod Coleman.

  • Raider D

    Do we have number 16 in rnd 7?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DJ,

    I have not been watching. Is J Jackson is still available?
    I agree with you, low risk, high return, so why not?

  • Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Burris is going to have to work on his coverage skills if he wants to be an everydown player.
    ======================================

    That’s why I am thinking inside for him.

  • alzadoX

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Dolphins just took Randall.

    KHEESTON RANDALL HAS A GREAT NAME FOR A DL but I wasn’t that impressed with reviews by scouting geeks, for what they’re worth…I know they’re not worth much, cuz I used to be a very very minor contributor for PFW many years ago

  • Seymour Bush

    Raider D Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    Do we have number 16 in rnd 7?
    ================================

    23 I think. From the Lions.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Crawford gotta be tough, dude use to play rugby. Playing rugby is no pretty picture and not for the faint of heart. Dude is not a know it all cocky prick meaning he’s very teachable,flexible and eager to learn. With Crawford’s rugby background, he’ll be fine in the NFL.

  • alzadoX

    Jordan Bernstine CB/S off board. There goes another one of our UDFAs

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Boss01 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Criner = *An injury free* Chaz with ball-catching skills

  • Raider D

    ,THX seymore, a conventional fb would be nice!

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    I like the pic of Burfict without his shirt ( can you say “need more upper body definition?) with the little dog leaning on him.

    Wonder what his name is? Lunch? Or appetizer?

    LOL!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    It’s not like Chaz was hands of stone, just injury prone.

  • alzadoX

    “third rounder” Trevor Guyton Cal DE finally picked at #219

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Kell, when you posted those nasty rhymes, you could have at least gave Rudy Ray Moore some credit for writing them.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Chaz was faster. Chaz ran a sub a 4.4 40.
    Go Aztecs!!!!

  • raidertalk

    Wow, the return of Preist TJ. Cool. haven’t read his posts in a while.

    This Crawford guy looks crazy. He reminds me of those beasts on the fifth element!

    Hope he can play as intimidating as he looks!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    KoolKell is a plagiarist.

  • alzadoX

    LB Travis Lewis & Caleb Surdy, T Nate Potter off the board

    Hebron Fangupo NT/DT BYU
    Miles Burris, LB, S.D. St. GOT HIM ALREADY!
    Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska charged with hitting cop recently, best in zone
    Adrien Cole MLB La. Tech
    Edwin “Rock” Baker, RB
    David Molk, C
    Leonard Johnson, CB Iowa St
    Chris Polk, RB
    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

  • alzadoX

    there goes the cop beater…Alfonzo Dennard CB to Patriots R7…heck, the guy got to live the dream of many semis and still get drafted

  • raidertalk

    Damn! I was hoping we would take Alameda. I guess LB was more of a priority though.

    Escpecially with all of the new question marks around RoMac.

    All in All pretty good. Got some much needed depth at LB and solid contributor on the OL for depth. If we keep Palmer’s jersey clean we won’t have to wear out or D as much.

  • alzadoX

    David Molk, the 6’0″ Michigan center that some wanted in R3 finally goes in 7th. I think he won the Rimington award

  • Try Some Reality

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Kell, when you posted those nasty rhymes, you could have at least gave Rudy Ray Moore some credit for writing them.

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

    LOL. Double whammy. 1, for posting them, and 2, for plagiarizing. Can’t say I’m surprised.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Molk just went somewhat surprised he stayed on this long.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Poor David Polk the RB has been best on Board for 2 or 3 rounds now on BSPN….