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Darqueze Dennard Phone Conference Transcript

Posted May 8, 2014

Darqueze Dennard post draft phone conference with media transcript

DARQUEZE DENNARD

Cornerback, Michigan State

What was the reaction when you finally heard your name picked?

        “There was a sigh of relief in the room, really. My family and friends were getting a little anxious at times. When the call finally came, everyone started dancing and lightened the mood a little. They heard me say ‘Yes, sir and No, sir,’ and the room erupted. It was a great feeling. I was in awe.”

 

Were you getting a little worried?

        “I wasn’t really worried. My family was a little worried because they paid attention to all the mock drafts and things like that. I really didn’t pay too much attention to that. None of those guys had faith. I prayed on it the last couple of months and basically left it in God’s hands. I did everything I could do to maintain.”

 

Did you have a good feel that the Bengals were high on you?

        “I did. I met with them at the combine and they also came to my pro day. We had contact throughout the process, and I talked to the defensive staff and Coach Lewis. It was cool.”

 

Have you watched the Bengals on tape at all?

        “Of course. I know Marvin Jones — and the corners, Terence Newman, Pac-Man Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Taylor Mays. I’ve paid attention to those guys a lot.”

 

Both Paul Guenther and Vance Joseph compared you to Leon Hall in regard to your mental makeup and how you play the game. Do you see that as a good thing, even though Leon is from Michigan?

        “I take it as a good thing. I’m not going to hold that against him. He’s a great player and very consistent. He has played in the league for a long time. He’s done great at everything he’s done. I like it.”

 

Do you like coming into a room with other corners who are veterans and also first round draft picks?

        “All those guys have played this position. They’ve all played for a long time and have knowledge of the game. They’ve been productive. I can’t do anything except get better and learning by being in the room with those guys.”

 

Not many mock drafts had you slipping past the 14th pick ...

        “My agent told me that the lowest low would be the second round. I don’t pay much attention to the mock drafts because they don’t have control.”

 

What do you have planned for the rest of the night?

        “I’m just going to enjoy being with my family. All my friends and family are here, so we’ll go celebrate and take pictures and have fun.”

 

Did you have a chance to go to New York?

        “I did, but I turned it down to be with my family and friends.”

 

Leon Hall also turned down his trip to New York when he was drafted...

        “We’re similar.”

 

What’s your relationship to Alfonzo Dennard?

        “That’s my cousin.”

 

How did he help you along with this process?

            “He told me not to worry about things I couldn’t control. Other guys I talked to basically told me the same t

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