The Bucs continued to address their defense in the draft, this time selecting Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson with the 107th overall pick. Standing tall at 6-7 and weighing 271 pounds, Nelson discussed how he used his length to his advantage on the field.
Along with the size, he also went into how the preparation from his head coach helped him get to the next level. Here’s a transcript from his interview with the Tampa Bay media over a conference call:
On how much he saw this coming and how much he interacted with the Bucs before the draft
“It’s just so unpredictable in the draft. I actually talked to them at the Senior Bowl and the Combine a couple times at each place and I had good conversations with them. To see this coming is kind of hard to say, I kind of sat around and didn’t know what team is going to pick me, so there were 15 teams that I thought could take me. I’m just grateful for the opportunity and I’m grateful to be a Buc.”
On what advantage it was to play for Kirk Ferentz, with Iowa getting a lot of players to the NFL
“Coach Ferentz and the whole staff, they do such a great job of getting guys ready to play and getting good college football players. Just the way that he prepares and attention to detail, the amount of work he puts in really prepares you for the NFL if that’s something you end up doing. Just his approach and the the way he goes about it everyday like a professional, he really passes it down to his staff and then to us.
On how much does his length help him get to the quarterback and in the run game.
“Length is a big tool for me, long guy, long arms. Yeah, it’s just knowing how to use it and using it to your advantage. It’s one of my strengths and one of my things that I have to use consistently getting leverage on guys, just using it the best I can to make plays.
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