Patriots undrafted rookie TE Asa Watson, the younger brother of former Patriots TE Benjamin Watson, on going to his brother’s games: “I remember Doug Flutie’s dropkick vividly. Sitting up in the stands, and now I’m actually being a part of it. It’s really cool. Surreal.”
Said Todd Heap of joining the Ravens’ Ring of Honor, “It’s pretty surreal. There are a lot of special players in Ravens history. It’s going to be cool to be listed among them. You never know how deserving it is, but I was pumped and I think it’s going to be cool for years to come.”
The talk that Bengals QB AJ McCarron turned teams off with a cocky demeanor came as a surprise to Alabama coach Nick Saban: “It does surprise me because he was never that way to me and I think that if you asked a lot of his teammates, they would probably say the same,” Saban said. “I think that AJ is a very good person. And regardless of what he ever said to you and whatever way he left you with an impression, if he could do something to help you, he’d be the first person to be there to do it. He is a good person and in the long run, he will certainly get the chance to prove that he can be a good leader and a good quarterback in the National Football League.”
Said Steelers chairman Dan Rooney of the death of scout Bill Nunn, “We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn. Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to being an excellent journalist, all of which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers.”
Colts undrafted C Jonothan Harrison started 39 games at Florida.
There are reasons for optimism in Jacksonville.
Said Broncos rookie OL Michael Schofield, “I’m not just a tackle, I can play guard. At the Senior Bowl I played almost strictly just guard, trying to show that. In my red shirt sophomore year I actually started at guard, but I’ve played tackle my whole life, pretty much since sophomore year in high school.”
The Chiefs’ sixth-round pick is just one year of medical school away from being a doctor.
Said undrafted Raiders FB Karl Williams, “Coming to Utah as a walk-on, I like to have to work for what I get. I wanted to go somewhere that fit me and wanted me. I think it worked out for the best.”
Former Giants DB Tyler Sash was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts after he was arrested for leading police on a chase on his motorized scooter and on foot.
The Eagles’ draft was more about building for the long run than about acquiring players who can start in 2014.
Said Packers rookie Khyri Thornton, “To be honest with you I really didn’t have high expectations of going high in the draft. I told my agent, don’t tell me anything. Anything you hear, keep it to yourself.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. “We don’t want to be pigeon-holed as ‘this defense’ or ‘that defense’,” Smith said. “I think when you really study how people play defense, and how we play defense you don’t know what we are, and that’s the key.”
David Foucault was the fifth overall pick in the Canadian Football League draft, but he’ll only go to Canada if he doesn’t stick with the Panthers at this week’s minicamp.
The Saints seemed to find value late in the draft.