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Jordan Payton Conference Call - 4/30

The Browns used their first of four fifth-round picks Saturday when they selected UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton with the No. 154 pick.

On if his style of play is as a possession receiver and his numbers improving each year:
"Overall, I think I play extremely hard. Whether there is a possession-receiver label on me or anything, I just like to get out there and play football. I am a football player. I am extremely grateful and extremely blessed. Me and my family have been waiting a long time for this, not just today but in my lifetime with how hard I have worked. I am excited. It is definitely the greatest day in my life, and I can't wait to get it going.

On why he went so late in the draft, given analysts' high reviews:
"I don't know. I wasn't too worried about it. In the end, I landed in the best place. With (Head) Coach (Hue) Jackson as the head coach. It is going to be an unbelievable year for me, an unbelievable career for me with Cleveland. I am excited to take on this next step of my life. I can't wait to get out there."

On starting his own clothing line:
"Yeah (laughter), back when I was in high school. It is not going anymore. We just started it when we were 16-years old just to do something new and fresh."

On how much contact he had with the Browns before the draft:
"Throughout the process, I talked to them. I had a great meeting with them at the Combine, and I was just so excited to get this call today. It is definitely up and coming. I can't wait to bring my experience and my hard work to the Cleveland Browns and get wins and get in the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl."

On what kind of clothes he sold in his clothing line:
"Streetwear, t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, stuff like that. Just stuff that 16-year olds would wear."

On how the clothing line started and how long it lasted:
"It lasted until college so about until 18 or 19. It came because we were shopping all the time and looking around for stuff. Most of the time, we saw stuff we couldn't afford so we all just decided if we could figure out the process to make our own stuff, maybe it could be cheaper. We ended up turning into a business."

On his familiarity with Jackson before this process:
"I am very familiar with who he is. He is from L.A. also. He coached one of my biggest mentors and a guy who I really model my game after, (former NFL WR) T.J. Houshmandzadeh. I am excited."

On how Houshmandzadeh became his mentor:
"My brother actually played with him at Oregon State back in 2000. I've known T.J. for 15 years now. When I was a kid, he used to send me Cincinnati Bengals cleats and gloves since my brother and him were so close. It's amazing to have a guy like T.J. in my life, and, obviously, his favorite coach was Hue Jackson so it's going to be an amazing time."

On his 29-game catch streak at UCLA:
"Playing receiver is just about doing your job, and that is something that I am going to be bringing to the Cleveland Browns. I will be bringing that blue collar mentality as someone who really gets after it. I am not scared to go through the middle and I'm not scared to do the dirty work on things. Every game and every practice, that is what I bring. That is what I emphasize. I was not really aware of the 29 catch (streak). Every game you want to make the biggest catch and move the chains, score touchdowns and block well. It's going to be an amazing time. I'm going to bring a very strong work ethic, and I'm excited to get it rolling."

On if he met Jackson when he coached the Bengals:
"No, I didn't. I didn't get to make it out to any games, but I obviously watched every game. (Former NFL WR) Chad Johnson was also a huge mentor and very close to my family. We watched the Bengals a lot."

On his brother's name:
"Michael, Michael Payton."

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