By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 5:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Here is the entire transcript from a conference call with Penn State linebacker Nate Stupar, who was selected at No. 230, in the seventh round, by the Raiders on Saturday:
Your uncle is Jeff Hostetler. Is that right?
What has he told you about the Raiders?
“I just saw him play and stuff growing up. He really hasn’t told me anything. I had no idea that the Raiders were even interested, and all of a sudden I get a call from Oakland, Calif. I go, ‘What do these guys want?’ We talked to the coaches. So it was just an exciting time. Can’t wait.”
What do the Raiders want? Did they let you know what they have planned for you?
“Yeah, they were straight to the point. They were like, ‘We see you playing middle, doing some middle, getting right in there and getting some action at the middle. They know I can play some special teams as well and use my skills on special teams.”
You have pretty substantial experience on special teams?
Every unit pretty much?
“Mostly every one. I’m really good at punt return, I can do punt, I’m really good at kickoffs, just missing guys trying to block me running down, making open field tackles. You name it. If you want me to do it, I’ll do it.”
What are the things you think you have to work on at the NFL level?
“Just I guess the transition to middle linebacker. I’ve been playing outside the whole college career. I played some middle in some nickel packages. I’m sure I’ll get used to it really fast. I’m a quick learner, and just being able to use my hands in tight and defeating blocks more easily.”
Had other teams talked to you about moving to the middle?
“A lot of different teams, teams with 3-4s saw me as a middle linebacker, then teams with a 4-3 saw me as outside. So I got a lot of diversity with teams wanting me inside and outside.”
Excited to be with a former teammate out here, Jack Crawford?
“Yeah, Jack, Stefen Wisniewski. Stefen’s a really good friend of mine, so it’s going to be awesome to be out there with him.”
Who scouted you from the Raiders?
“To be honest, I don’t even know, because it was the first call that I’ve gotten since I talked to them at the combine. It was out of the blue. I talked with coach Allen on the phone and had some good news, talked to the GM. He asked me to be a Raider and I was ecstatic.”
Did you have expectations of being drafted today?
“Yeah, definitely. Miami said they were going to maybe take me in the last two 7 picks in the seventh round. They didn’t take with me that seventh pick. I was in the car with my parents and fiancé driving back from ….. my brother’s spring game, and after following on the little NFL app that Miami took a wide receiver instead of me, I was kind of down. Then all of a sudden California calls. My mom was looking at her phone, and she goes, ‘What!’ The next pick was the Oakland Raiders. We just couldn’t believe it. We were ecstastic. Still surreal to me.”
In meetings with the Raiders were they explicit at all on whether they’re going 4-3 or 3-4 or a combination of the two?
“They didn’t decide or tell me anything about the specific defense, but they told me that they wanted me as an inside linebacker.”