By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 4:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders selected San Diego State Brice Butler in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Soon after he was drafted, Butler fielded questions from the Bay Area media via conference call at Raiders headquarters in Alameda. Here’s the transcript:
Why did you transfer from USC?
“You know, a coaching staff came in that was totally new, pretty much revamped the whole staff. With the football staff coming in, they had a different agenda, trying to bring in guys and trying to win games as soon as possible. Like you said, I went from a guy who was a Pac-10 freshman runner-up or freshman all-conference team or something like that, to a guy that didn’t play that much because Coach had to make a decision, and he made a decision and he went with it.”
Will you play receiver here?
“I never heard that from the Raiders, no. I’m pretty sure they want me to play receiver.”
Your dad had a long NFL career?
Did he give you any insight about this process?
“Yeah. Really, taught me on what lies ahead. He was projected a first rounder when he was coming out and got drafted first round. So with that being said, I knew I was gonna be seventh or free agent, so he couldn’t really give me too much on the draft process because there wasn’t really no process for my dad. Like back in the day when he came out, the draft was early. He got picked in the first round. So he just woke up and his phone was ringing. He picked up the phone and it was the Atlanta Falcons. But I mean outside of that, he definitely told me a lot about the business of the NFL, and the ins and outs, certain things, and what to be prepared for and how to handle the things to come.”
Q: What was your contact like with Raiders?
A: I knew they were interested. Coach Gilmore, a guy that coached me at USC, he’s been talking to me throughout the whole process. He called me I would like to say 10 or 15 minutes before they drafted me and said ‘Hey man, we got a couple of picks left. I’m trying my hardest to get you up here man. I know what you can bring to the table and I would love to coach you again.’ He said that and I was like ‘Definitely coach. You know I would love to play for you again and I loved it when I was with you at SC. If that opportunity arises I’d definitely be ready to go.’ Ten, 15 minutes later, man, the Raiders are calling.
Q: Was it a goal to graduate in three years?
A: It was a goal. Going into SC I definitely wanted to get my degree. My mindset going into college was going three and out. That definitely didn’t happen. Since that was my mindset my thing was to graduate as fast as possible. With that being said I was staying for summer school. You have to work out at the school in the summer. I couldn’t come home to Atlanta. That’s a far flight so I was staying at school and was in summer school every year taking two or three courses in summer school so it was just knocking out a whole bunch of units and I was able to graduate a little early.
Q: Said at pro day you thought you would be 6th or 7th before pro day, surprised stick didn’t go higher?
A: Oh no not at all man. The whole time my agents were telling me before the pro day my grade was seventh or free agent. With my mindset, I always like to speak things into existence so I’m going around like ‘Hey I can be sixth round. I can be seventh round. I can get drafted.’ That was my mindset but it was kind of like trying to speak it into existence. But going into pro day it was really like seventh or free agent grade. What my agent told me was if you go out and show out at pro day and do your thing it can almost solidify you a spot in the draft if you do what you have to do. I ended up having a pretty good day.