Q&A with Eagles DT Mike Patterson

Posted Apr 24, 2005

Selected Quotes from DT Mike Patterson
First Round Pick (31) from USC

On the feeling of being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles:

“It’s wonderful; I am very happy. I don’t think things could be any better.”

On hearing from the Eagles before the pick:
“Coach [Andy] Reid called me with 13 minutes on the clock and asked me, “Would you be proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle?” I said, “yes I would.” It was really great.”

On making an impact in the NFL:
“I feel like I can make an impact right away. I fell like I can go out there and do anything I want. I know I can do a lot. We have a very good defensive line and I feel like I can learn a lot from them, they can help me get better and succeed in this league.”

On being drafted in the 1st round:
“I was not expecting anything. I am just happy to be drafted in the first round. This is a dream come true and I am just speechless about the whole thing.”

On going from one winning organization at USC to another with the Eagles:
“It’s really great to join another program that is up and running. I think that this is going to be phenomenal.”

On his biggest strengths is as a defensive player:
“I think that my biggest strength is pass rushing.”

On talking with the Eagles before the draft:
“At the Combine in Indianapolis, I had a 15-minute meeting with the defensive line coach [Tommy Brasher]. They seemed really interested; it was lovely.”

On previously watching the Eagles defense:
“Most certainly, the Eagles being a quality defense, our coach at USC made sure we watched film of them. We paid attention, because they had one of the best defensive lines.”

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