March 22, 2018

Texans Quotes from the NFL Draft

This weekend was full of excitement and relief as the Houston Texans concluded their 13th draft in franchise history. We look back on some of the memorable quotes of this three day NFL Draft.



jdcTexans Draft Quotes

General Manager Rick Smith

(on when did they decided on Jadeveon Clowney)

“We talked all week about being open to the opportunity to trading out of the pick, if in fact there was something that was worth moving for. At the end of the day, that never materialized and we always felt very confident in the selection. We were very bullish on what we were asking for because we felt so good about the pick. We never really had any opportunities on the clock to actually move, so we were happy to take him.” 


Jadeveon Clowney

(on when he knew he was going to be selected by the Texans)

“I’d say like three minutes on the clock they called me and said, ‘Hey, welcome to Houston.’ I was like, ‘Man, I’m just happy to be a part of the Houston Texans.’” 


(on being reunited with D.J. Swearinger)

“I think it will be great, man. Me and him have been talking about it ever since the season ended. He was like, ‘I hope you end up down here man, and we can bring this South Carolina down here to Houston.’ I said, ‘Man, me too.’ So that’s what we are trying to do.” 


Xavier Su’a-Filo 

(on thoughts after being the first pick in the second round)

“I was so emotional. I don’t even know what happened. It happened quick, fast. I had so many people around that love me and I can’t tell you how excited I am and how much I am looking forward to getting down there and working hard.” 


C.J. Fiedorowicz 

(on if he was still watching the draft when he got the call)

“Yes, I’m with all my friends and family right now, and they just went nuts. I got the call and saw the Houston area code and I couldn’t even talk because everyone was yelling. I’m still smiling, I’ve got a smile from ear to ear right now. I still can’t even believe it but thank you so much.” 


(on when he expected to be drafted) 

“I don’t what to say, I’m sorry. I’m usually good at interviews, I promise, but I can’t even think right now.” 


Louis Nix III

(on if his nickname was ‘Chocolate Thunder’)

“Irish Chocolate, no, but you can call me that if you want.” 


(on why he tweeted ‘chicken time’ after being drafted)

“I mean, it’s time to eat. I finally got picked and it’s time to go.” 


(on his best attribute as a player)

“Coming from Notre Dame, we’re a stop the run first team, so I have been taught to stop the run and do my best, not give up any inches, so I think that’s my best attribute. At the same time, coming into this, I’m next to J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. I want to be a pass rusher too. This is a part of my game that I want to upgrade most. I want to not be limited to two downs like everybody says because I know I can do more than that and I can’t wait prove everybody wrong.” 


Tom Savage 

(on what it means to be drafted by the Houston Texans)

“It means a lot. I think it’s a great organization and I’m excited to just get in there and start working.” 


(on college transfers from Rutgers to Arizona and Pittsburgh)

“I played my true freshman year at Rutgers and then sophomore I got hurt and after the fourth game, Coach Schiano went with the hot hand and at that time I was just a young, 19-year-old bitter kid who thought that I was entitled to some things, so I decided to get a fresh start elsewhere. I went to Arizona and some things happened where their coaching staff got fired halfway through the season and I had the opportunity to go back to Rutgers and unfortunately the NCAA just declined that whole appeal and then I ended up having to walk-on at Pitt and pay my way for a couple of weeks and then got offered a scholarship.” 


(on if he counted the 1,024 days he went without playing football)

“I actually heard in the offseason that it was 1,024.” 


Jeoffrey Pagan 

(on what he was doing when he got the call)

“I was actually in my grandma’s bathroom. She was helping me look for some deodorant.” 


on what it has been like waiting to get the call)

“It’s been an array of emotions with excitement, anxiousness and just, really, testing my patience. I’m just so happy that the Texans took this chance and drafted me and let me become part of the program.” 


(on what his conversations with Nick Saban were like when he was deciding to declare for the draft)

“Really just trying to make the best decision for me personally. He really, you know, wanted me to stay and finish and get my degree. That’s something that I do plan on doing when I am done playing, but really he just wanted the best for me and we just sat down and tried to figure out what I was going to do.” 


Alfred Blue 

(on how excited he is to join the Texans)

“I’m very excited. It was a long wait. I’m just happy to be Texan right now.” 


(on what kind of runner he is)

“I say I’m more of a balanced runner, a mixture of speed and power, a lot of versatility. I’m 6-foot-2, I can block, I can catch, move me out in the receiver spot. I can just do a whole lot.” 


(on running style before and after ACL injury)

“I feel like I run the same way. I feel like I’m more of a stronger runner. I don’t hesitate or nothing. I’m pretty much the same person, but I run more determined.” 


Jay Prosch

(on knowing if the Texans were interested in him)

“I did. I went on a visit there and knew they were thinking about it and I was really hoping they would.” 


(on what Head Coach Bill O’Brien said he wanted from him)

“He told me he wants me to come be a tough guy, a hard worker, and obviously be able to play special teams and be a fullback. So, I think that’s what I did so I think I can do it.” 


(on with everything he has been through in the last year, how big is today for him)

“Yeah, geez, I mean, you know I’m still trying to soak it all in. Like I said it’s been an up and down, long road and finally here. It’s just truly amazing.” 


Andre Hal 

(on how excited he is to get in and start playing)

“I am so excited; I can’t wait. I am ready to leave right now. I am in Nashville right now. I graduated yesterday from Vanderbilt. I am just ready to get down there and start working. This has been my dream since I was a kid, getting drafted and making it to the NFL. I am so excited right now.” 


(on a characteristic people should know about him)

“I am super competitive. I hate to lose. I don’t take no for an answer, I go get it. If someone says no, I am going to keep going until they say yes. That’s how I am. I’m going to go get it, I never stop.” 


(on when he got the call)

“I was in the hotel room with all of my family. I had just left the room to take a long walk before I got the call. I was just thinking to myself, ‘Man, I really just want to get drafted’, and when they called, my heart dropped and my family was screaming. This is a good day for me right now, I am so excited.” 


Lonnie Ballentine

(on his excitement of being drafted by the Texans and being Mr. Irrelevant)

“I’m really excited. It’s a dream come true. As far as Mr. Irrelevant, I don’t know what it means. I just don’t know. I know it’s the last pick of the draft.” 


(on watching the NFL Draft on television)

“I have. Every pick. Every pick. 255 guys go buy and I say ‘Oh man, this is not good.’ Once I got that phone call and Mr. Smith told me ‘We’re going to draft you,’ it’s a great feeling.” 


(on getting emotional when he got the call from the Texans)

“I did. Tears are running down my face as we speak because I still can’t believe it.” 

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