The Oakland Raiders’ third selection in the 2009 NFL Draft took time to conference with the media after being selected on day two.
Matt Shaughnessy answered questions by local Bay Area reporters regarding when he knew that he’d be a Raider and his thoughts towards his future with the Silver and Black.
Below is the transcript from that conference call.
Q: Had you been out here for at visit, at the facility?
No, I had not.
Q: Had you heard from the Raiders at all?
I talked to them at the combine, so I’ve been in contact with them.
Q: Matt, you’ve had some injuries in your college career, is there any reason to fear that you’ll have them at the next level, or do you think that they are behind you?
I think that they’re all behind me. I played this season and got through it. Right now I feel the best I have ever felt.
Q: Your numbers were a little down from your junior year, how much of that was you coming back from the broken leg?
I would say that it’s a little bit, but I played for four years, and I think I established myself at Wisconsin. Things happen, people run other ways.
Q: What do you know about the guys that Raiders have on their roster, and what are your odds of making the rotation?
I’m not sure, but I talked to [defensive line] Coach [Dwaine] Board, and he said he wants me to come in and give it a shot, and compete for playing time. So that’s what I’m going to do; come in and play my hardest.
Q: At your best, what do you think you bring to the table?
I think my speed and athleticism, and my motor.
Q: What are the things that you think you need to work on to be a good player in the NFL?
I’m not sure. I’m just looking forward to getting in there and learning from the people that are there, and just getting better as a player.
Q: How was it, after not being picked on the first day, that over-night of wondering what’s going to happen the next day?
It wasn’t too bad. I wanted this whole process to be a surprise. Obviously my agent and I talked about this sort of thing. I knew I would be going today, so I wasn’t too worried.
Q: Did you play right end, left end, or did you do both in college? Can you do both right now?
I played both, and I played a little tackle and three-man front technique.
Q: Was Coach Board Specific at all what you might be doing here, or was it most generalities?
Not yet, probably when I meet him we will talk more about that stuff.
Q: What do you know about the Raiders history, is this a team that you watched as a kid?
Growing up I watched a lot of football and I never really had a favorite team, so I just always watched any team. But obviously it’s my favorite team now.
Q: Where were you when you heard the news, were you just at home?
I was at home with my parents and some friends.
Q: Were you watching the draft?
Yes, we were watching it.
Q: This team has struggled against the run. Did Dwaine Board talk to you at all about that? Do you feel like you’re a guy who, in the long run, can help in that regard?
He has not talked to be about that yet, but I feel like I can definitely help out with that.