Spoke with Brad Jefferson and Jerrard Tarrant leading up to the draft.
A couple quotes from the interviews, first Jefferson:
“I’m pretty confident (about playing in the NFL). I know what I can do. It’s just trying to get them to know I can do it. Either way it goes, you’ve just got to prove yourself. Even if you’re a first-rounder, you have to prove yourself.”
Jefferson said he’s 12 hours shy of his degree.
“That’s all my parents talk about, going back and getting that degree, no matter what happens.”
On where he thinks he might go in the draft:
“It’s pretty much up in the air right now. They’ll tell you things, but you’ve just got to wait. You won’t know anything until it happens.”
Tarrant on an opponent he thinks deserves a shot in the NFL.
“The running back from Miami, Graig Cooper. I think if he never would have gotten injured last year, he would have been a high pick. … He’s real physical. He runs hard, he goes 100 percent every play.”
On Tech’s season in 2010:
“We lost our leader in Josh Nesbitt, which hurt a lot. It was our first year running the 3-4. I think at the end of the year, we got a lot better at it. I think it was mainly those two (reasons).”
The type of team he’d like to be drafted by:
“(There are) a few teams I feel good about, teams that do a lot of zone blitzing and stuff that allow me to move around and make plays, and teams that need somebody on special teams, a return man.”
Draft coverage of rounds 2-3 begins Friday 6 p.m. on ESPN. Rounds 4-7 begin Saturday at noon.