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Shane Carden Interview | Quarterback, ECU

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DraftSeason: Not only did you go into Virginia Tech and beat them, you finished the game with a QB rating of 146.3 and 4 TDs (1 rushing), where does that rank on top moments in your college career?
Shane Carden: It is definitely up there with some of my top moments I will remember. Right now though its hard to focus on stuff like that. You have to be ready each week where I don’t think about those types of things until after the season.

DraftSeason: You have been on the radar of top quarterbacks in the nation for the past 2 years, what do you feel sets you apart from some of the other top quarterbacks in college football?
Shane Carden: I’m not sure. I don’t get too much time to watch them or compare. I know we are all judged on wins and I know I have a good amount of game winning drives.

DraftSeason: What do you feel is your greatest weakness on the field, what part of your game needs the most polishing?
Shane Carden: Under the center plays is an obvious one as I rarely go under. One I tried to make a conscious effort to get better at this year was pocket presence and making staying in the pocket until I need to get out.

DraftSeason: We have watched some pretty solid ECU quarterbacks put on the Pirate uniform, Jeff Blake and David Garrard to name a few. In your eyes, who is the best player to ever wear a Pirate jersey?
Shane Carden: That is too hard to answer. There have been some great ones and a lot I have not been able to watch while they were at ECU.

DraftSeason: What is the number 1 ‘it’ factor a quarterback has to posses to succeed?
Shane Carden: Consistency, you have to be consistent in everything you do, from preparing, leading, and playing no matter the circumstance.

DraftSeason: Best defensive player you have had the chance to play against during your college career?
Shane Carden: My first plays in college were against South Carolina and Jadeveon Clowney. He was a freak. I have also played against both the Fuller brothers at Virginia Tech and they were both some very good defensive backs.

DraftSeason: What is your passion when you are away from the field?
Shane Carden: I really enjoy duck hunting. It has always been something I do with my dad and brothers and something I have always enjoyed.

DraftSeason: Using 1 word, how would you sum up your style of play.
Shane Carden: Gritty

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Danny Shelton Interview | Defensive Tackle, Washington

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DraftSeason: For a big man you have incredible athletic ability, what would you say is your greatest strength and weakness as a defensive lineman?
Danny Shelton: My greatest strength would have to be my physical ability to take on double teams and triple teams. My greatest weakness would have to be keeping consistency in my technique in long drives.

DraftSeason: Do you see yourself locked in as a 3-4 nose tackle, or do feel you can play multiple spots as a defensive lineman?
Danny Shelton: I have the ability to play both defensive tackle and nose tackle because of the amount of information I’m capable of ingraining in my mind.

DraftSeason: You have started the year off on a high note leading the league in sacks, what is the biggest difference in your game this year from past years?
Danny Shelton: The confidence in my pass rushing technique and in my teammates has been a definite impact on this season.

DraftSeason: Best AND worst part about being a big man on the defensive line?
Danny Shelton: Best part is being able to make plays in the backfield when the O Line messes up a blocking scheme. Worst part is not making the plays that your suppose to make like dives or power.

DraftSeason: Best offensive lineman you have had the chance to face?
Danny Shelton: Isaac Seumalo, has been the most improved offensive lineman I’ve played against. I’ve seen his growth over the years and heard great things about his dedication to football.

DraftSeason: As of now what is your greatest moment on the football field during your career?
Danny Shelton: My freshmen year playing in my first bowl game, Alamo Bowl 2011. Playing kickoff return as a fullback, Baylor’s squib kick gave me the opportunity to return the ball for over 10 yards. Ending in a fumble and turnover, I still had a once in a lifetime experience.

DraftSeason:: What is your passion off the field?
Danny Shelton: I like being away from football when football is done for the day, so I try to focus on family and my dogs. I feel like it’s the only way to keep my life in order by giving 100 percent in my career and at home.

DraftSeason: How would you sum up your style of play in 1 word?
Danny Shelton: Versatile

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Deantre Lewis Interview | Running Back, Arizona St.

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DraftSeason: Deantre, you have had a roller coaster of a ride so far at ASU, entering your Senior year what is your #1 personal goal on the football field?
Deantre Lewis: My #1 personal goal on the football field is to be the best player in the country. Nobody plays the game unless you’re trying to be the best.

DraftSeason: ASU has had the luxury of having some solid running backs during your tenure as a Sun Devil, do you feel this has helped or hurt your development as a feature back?
Deantre Lewis: I believe it has helped me because I was able to take a piece of each of their talents and combine it with mine.

DraftSeason: Your versatility is what sets you apart, you have proven you can run the ball, catch balls out of the secondary and even had a stint as a cornerback. What do you feel is your greatest strength on the field?
Deantre Lewis: My greatest strength is being able to read the defense and realize where the holes are going to be. Sort of like a quarterback.

DraftSeason: Most underrated part of your game?
Deantre Lewis: The most underrated part of my game is my toughness. Being a smaller back is what everybody looks at but its my mental toughness that will help me through it all.

DraftSeason: Greatest moment on and off the field during your time at Arizona St?
Deantre Lewis: Greatest moment on the field was during 2010 season we came back vs UCLA and beat them.

DraftSeason: Best player you have had the chance to play with OR against?
Deantre Lewis: Best player I have ever had the chance to play with is Vontaze Burfict. He is the smartest linebacker I have a ever played against and he plays with such passion.

DraftSeason: What is your passion off the field?
Deantre Lewis: My passion off the field is relaxing and playing video games. Also family time has to be in there.

DraftSeason: In 1 word, how would you describe your style of play ?
Deantre Lewis: Explosive!!!

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Interview with Vikings Defensive End Jake Snyder

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Vikings rookie defensive end has taken time out of his busy offseason schedule to answer some quick questions about his upcoming year with the Minnesota Vikings. Snyder was signed as an undrafted free agent from the University of Virginia. Synder appeared in 49 games during 4 years at Virginia, notching 149 tackles, 5 sacks, 17.5 TFLs and 11 passes defensed and served as a team captain for the Cavaliers.

DraftSeason: You come to the Vikings with plenty of experience starting almost your entire career at Virginia, what do you feel you bring to the Vikings defensive line?
Jake Snyder: I have always tried to be a student and technician of the game.  I want to be a guy who has a complete understanding of the defense so that I can eliminate mistakes and be a guy that my teammates can count on.

DraftSeason: The Vikings have re-vamped the defensive line from a year ago losing vets Kevin Williams and Jared Allen, what can we expect out of the 2014 defensive line?
Jake Snyder: The defensive line is an outstanding group, and I feel lucky to have been able to learn from them over the past few weeks.  It is an extremely talented group, but I have been most impressed with how hard they work and help each other with the new techniques we are learning.  It is easy to tell that this group is hungry to be great.

DraftSeason: Coach Zimmer has a rap for being unfiltered and in your face is he as fierce and firey as he is portrayed?
Jake Snyder: Coach Zimmer is a great coach and he has a tremendous knowledge of the game.  He is definitely intense but always directs his coaching in a way that is easy to understand put into practice.

DraftSeason: As a defensive end, what do you feel will be the greatest challenge going from college to the NFL?
Jake Snyder: Everyone is bigger, faster, stronger, and smarter at this level.  The biggest challenge will be adjusting to the speed of the game and being able to execute at the high level that this league demands.

DraftSeason: What is your passion off the field?
Jake Snyder: I enjoy sports of all kinds, watching and playing, so UVA’s run to the College World Series was a lot of fun to watch this year.  During my time in Charlottesville I went to as many games as I could because the team was great and the facilities are outstanding

DraftSeason: Favorite part about your time so far in Minnesota?
Jake Snyder: I haven’t gotten to spend too much time outside of football yet, but I have noticed how friendly everyone is.  I heard the term “Minnesota nice” a few weeks ago and it seems to be a real thing.

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2014 All-Bust Team

The 2014 NFL season has come to an end, and it’s time to look back and see which rookies shined bright like a diamond and which ones stunk like a load of dump.  Here is a team comprised of the rookies who didn’t exactly set the world on fire in year one. I realize a single rookie year doesn’t exactly make or break a players career, this is soley based off of the 1st years performance, and yes if they were hampered by injuries and didn’t see the field as much, I absolutely lumped them in with the busts.

EDITORS NOTE: This does not mean we think these guys will be permanent busts.  Just based on year one production.

OFFENSIVE BUST TEAM

Quarterback | Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns (22nd overall pick)
Stat Line: 175 passing yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 42.0 passer rating

Running Back |  Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans (54th overall pick)
Stat Line: 569 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 3.7 avg

Wide Receiver | Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos (56th overall pick)
Stat Line: 2 rec, 23 yards

Wide Reciever | Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (45th overall)
Stat Line: 29 rec, 271 yards, 1 TD

Tight End | Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (10th overall pick)
Stat Line: 25 rec, 248 yards, 1 TD

Tight End | Troy Niklas, Arizona Cardinals (52nd overall pick)
Stat Line: 3 rec, 38 yards

Offensive Tackle – Cyrus Kouandjio, Buffalo Bills (44th overall pick)
Stat Line: 0 games started

Guard – Spencer Long, Washington Redskins (78th overall pick)
Stat Line: 5 games played

Center | Travis Swanson, Detroit Lions (76th overall pick)
Stat Line: 5 games started

Guard | Chris Watt, San Diego Chargers (89th overall pick)
Stat Line: 5 games started

Offensive Tackle | Michael Schofield, Denver Broncos (95th overall pick)
Stat Line: 0 games played

DEFENSIVE BUST TEAM

Defensive End | Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans (1st overall)
Stat Line: 7 tackles

Defensive Tackle | Dominique Easley, New England Patriots (31st overall)
Stat Line: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

Defensive Tackle | Ra’Shede Hageman, Atlanta Falcons (37th overall)
Stat Line: 16 tackles, 1 sack

Defensive End | Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs  (23rd overall)
Stat Line: 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks

Linebacker | Marcus Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (26th overall)
Stat Line: Nothing

Linebacker | Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers (15th overall)
Stat Line: 36 tackles

Linebacker | Kyle Van Noy, Detroit Lions (40th overall)
Stat Line: 6 tackles

Cornerback | Stanley Jean Baptise, New Orleans Saints (58th overall)
Stat Line: Nothing

Cornerback | Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals (24th overall)
Stat Line: 17 tackles, 1 sack

Safety | Calvin Pryor, New York Jets (18th overall)
Stat Line: 60 tackles, 0.5 sacks

Safety | Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers (30th overall)
Stat Line: 20 tackles

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