Here’s a transcript of a question and answer session with Oakland Raiders tackle Bruce Campbell. The 106th overall selection (4th round) was added this weekend during the NFL draft.
Q: How tough were the last couple of days waiting for that call?
A: It was pretty tough, but it kept me anxious, real anxious to see where I was going to go.
Q: Talk had you going to the Raiders in the 1st round, obviously that didn’t happen, and yet you still end up there. Was that a strange feeling for you?
A: It was strange, but at the same time I still got a chance to play football. I’m still in Oakland, so it really doesn’t even matter to me at all. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to play football.
Q: When did you know that the Raiders were interested in you? Combine? Workout? Anything like that before hand?
A: Actually, at the combine. That’s when I found out that they could have some interest in me.
Q: Do you feel that you have something to prove since you were drafted lower than what was projected?
A: I always feel like I have something to prove ever since the talk…ever since the combine where people said I was just a workout warrior. I always felt like all that stuff is good, but I am actually a good football player. So now I can prove to everybody that I am a good football player thanks to the Raiders.
Q: You played on the left side of the offensive line. Are you capable of playing the right side if you were asked to?
A: Yes I am.
Q: Have you had a chance to talk to coach Cable today? Are you excited to play for a head coach who’s got offensive line experience?
A: Yes I really am but I hadn’t got much of a chance to talk to him today. We had a quick quick interaction but there was nothing serious.
Q: Have you spoken to Darrius Heyward-Bey about coming out [Oakland]?
A: No, I haven’t talked to Darrius yet either, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll talk to him some time today.
Q: Did you keep in touch with him at all during last season about what was going on [Oakland]
? A: Yes, I actually have.
Q: What kind of things has he told you about this place? Is that going to help you in the adjustment?
A: Really, he says it’s a good place to be. He said everything’s about football there. He says it’s the real world. He says that you get exposed to the real world and you’re going to know that you’re going to have to work and I was like…Darrius, you know I have no problem with work!
Q: Leading up to today, had any other teams contacted you or promised that they might pick you?
Q: Regarding to pre-draft scouting reports, people loved your physical attributes, but has some questions about consistency; sometimes they would see you would knock guys off their feet, but they didn’t see it all the time. Was it learning the position or growing into it?
A: I would say that it was growing into it. I feel that I have learned a lot and that I have grown a lot since my last football game to now. So, I feel like it was more of a mental thing of knowing stuff too.
Q: What’s your workout regimen like? To have the physical gifts that you have, we have to assume that you don’t just wake up and have them; you’d have to work for them.
A: I work out, I’d say…4 times a week. Yeah, I’d say 4 times a week.
Q: Were you at all surprised that the Raiders had picked another OT ahead of you?
A: Yes, I kind of was, but in the end I was still like…hey, that’s the way the card fell. I had no choice. I know what I’m (going to) bring to the table when I get there and I know I have a chip on my shoulder. So, I’m just looking forward to being in Oakland.
Q: Did you do a lot of zone blocking at Maryland?
A: Yes, we did.
Q: Does that play to your strengths?
A: Yes it does.
Q: Did you play special teams at Maryland and would you be willing to play special teams here in Oakland as you continue to learn offensive tackle?
A: No, I didn’t play special teams at all at Maryland…and it’s something I would LOVE to do. I’d LOVE to play special teams. I don’t mind doing it.
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