Leon McFadden Conf. Call Transcript - 4/26

Posted Apr 26, 2013

The transcript of new Browns DB Leon McFadden's conference call.

Browns Defensive Back Leon McFadden Conference Call 4-26-13

(On his excitement by being drafted by the Browns) - “I’m very excited. Words can’t explain how excited I am to be a part of the Cleveland Browns organization. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to working my butt off on the field and help the team get wins.”

(On his overall skills) - “I believe my ball skills are very good. (With) my man-to-man coverage, I became a lot more aggressive in the last couple of years of playing. My IQ for football, studying my opponent, is really big on me. The main thing that I would like to work on is my press man, polishing up some technique and keeping my eye distance in.”

(On being on Cleveland’s radar) - “No, I didn’t really speak to the Cleveland Browns. This was a big surprise to me. I didn’t talk to them much, other than basic questionnaires. But other than that, I didn’t know of their interest in me at all.”

(On if Brian Sipe put a good word in for him) - “Probably so. I just thought about that when I got the phone call. The first guy who come to mind was Brian Sipe, with him being in the front of the organization.”

(On compensating for his height against taller receivers) - “I really don’t look at it as a problem. I’m a competitor. I don’t think my height has anything to do with my competitiveness or playing.”

(On switching from wide receiver to cornerback) - “At first, I was kind of bitter about it. When I went to school I wanted to play receiver; I wanted to score touchdowns. Our coach Brady Hooke, at the time, he gave me a three-day trial at corner. Ever since I went there I never looked back. I believe it was the best decision I ever made and I don’t regret it at all.”

(On taking on more physical receivers) - “Staying attentive to my technique, playing my game and being competitive out there. That’s what it comes down to, how competitive you want to be in between the lines. That’s something I’m looking forward to. The challenges, different types of challenges.”

(On where he is and his draft expectations) - “I’m in Anaheim, California at the ESPN Zone. I had a strong feeling I would be going today, but I didn’t know where I would end up. Like I said, it was a surprise with the Cleveland Browns. I’m excited, and like I said earlier, words can’t explain.”

(On being a baseball family and choosing football) - “Growing up, that was the first sport I ever played, was baseball. I did all sports growing up but my dad never pushed me into playing baseball. He wanted me to live the dream I wanted to do, the sport I loved to play and football was the sport I loved to play. So, I went with it and he supported it. Both parents were really big on education and then sports. Baseball was not pressured on me I should say.”

(On if anyone from the Browns spoke with him prior to the draft) - “No, I talked to one of the West Coast scouts probably at the Senior Bowl or just did a questionnaire for them at the Senior Bowl. I talked a little bit with them at the Combine.”

(On his father’s influence on him) - “My dad had a big influence on me. My dad always pushed me to my fullest potential and he supported everything I did. He was hard on me to an extent. He wants what every father wants, for you to play your best and go to the lines and play hard. Always give your all with anything you’re doing. Any challenge, go out there and compete.”

(On how many people are there to celebrate with him) - “It’s a good amount of people, family and close friends, that’s all. Nothing too big, nothing fancy. I just wanted to be around my family around this time.”

(On his father’s advice on transition from college to pro athlete) - “He has spoken to me a little bit about how to carry yourself, not as a collegiate athlete anymore, but a professional. This is your profession, so you have to carry yourself in a different manner. He has been giving me tips on that and how to carry myself.”

(On his familiarity with Joe Haden) - “Joe Haden is a great corner. I have seen some clips of him from back when he was at Florida and a couple of him in the NFL. He’s a competitor and, like you said, we’re around the same size, so I can add to that. As a DB, you won’t win every battle and I think it will be a good addition.”

(On a celebratory dance for Dawg Pound) - “No, I haven’t (jokingly). I haven’t thought about any touchdown celebrations at all right now.”

(On becoming a starter and having a career in NFL) - “I believe I am going to be a competitor in the NFL. I’m going to try and better myself every time I hit the field. My career in the NFL, I’m going to work hard and have a successful one.”

(On his best strength that possibly appealed to teams) - “My instincts and my ball skills will be the biggest things.”

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