By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 2:58 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders used two sixth-round picks on tight ends, the second of those being Tennessee’s Mychal Rivera. Here is what he had to say in a conference call with Bay Area media Saturday:
Q: Were you watching draft and see Raiders took another tight end and did that affect you?
A: The draft is crazy. Sometimes some teams pick up two tight ends, some teams need those. Some teams pick up one. I didn’t really have an opinion of it. I was just waiting for my phone call to ring.
Q: What did you think when saw the 510 area code on your phone?
A: Oh man I was really excited, staying in California is really a dream come true. I’m just really proud to be a Raider.
Q: Reggie McKenzie was at your pro day. Any interaction?
A: Yeah I did. I actually talked to him after I did my bench press because I had increased my bench press from 17 reps to 21. I talked to him after that and let him know I wasn’t a weak player. He kind of laughed with me and shared some laughs and some jokes. Really cool guy and I’m just really happy to be playing for a guy like that.
Q: At your size, is proving can handle physical part of tight end the question?
A: I think the Raiders have an idea what they want to do with me. They’re going to want to motion me, they’re going to want to split me out and do similar things that I did at Tennessee. I’m really great catching the ball. I think that’s what they’re going to use me for, my catching ability.
Q; Senior Bowl interaction with Raiders?
A: I was on the Detroit Lions they were on other team. Since the pro day I got a call for every team. I think the Raiders called about three or four times to confirm some information and talk with me a little bit. It wasn’t really anything special. Just normal conversation
What was Tyler Wilson like working with him at the Senior Bowl?
“Tyler Wilson has a great arm and he’s a great leader. That’s really important to be a great leader. When he steps into the huddle, he demands your attention and that’s very important for a quarterback.”
Were you aware of the Raiders having a wide open tight end competition?
“That’s awesome, that’s the best situation I could find myself in. I would be cool sitting behind a veteran or something but this is a great situation being as I can compete for being a starter. That’s awesome, I can’t ask for anything better.”
When you come out here, are you going to bring any family members with you?
“(Laughs) No, my sister, she’s gonna stay down here in Los Angeles, she’s gotta work.”
Do you have a Twitter account?
“yeah, it’s just at my first name and my last name, @MychalRivera”
Have you picked up any followers yet, Raiders fans can be pretty crazy?
“Yeah, I know, they’re starting to follow me already, starting to get the Raider Nation hashtag start following.”
Do you feel like you’re flown under the radar?
“Definitely. Looking at the research I’ve done on the first team SEC tight ends, looking at a guy like Dwayne Allen going third round last year, Orson (Charles) going fourth round the year before that, the guy from Arkansas going fourth round, I feel like I kinda went under the radar a little bit but that’s how my career’s been. Ever since high school, ever since Pop Warner I’ve been the last picked guy and gotta prove myself and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”