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Cedric Cobbs Conf. Call Transcript - 4/25

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Q: What are your reactions on coming to the Super Bowl champions?

CC: I'm really happy; I'm so excited. I mean I couldn't feel any better. I was almost feeling down for a minute, but the first minute I knew I was going to New England, everything worked out for me and to know I'm having a chance to play for the World Champions. It's a great feeling right now.

Q: What kind of sets/formations did you play at Arkansas?

CC: We played pro, I, split, wing. We played all kinds of formations.

Q: Are you surprised to be going in the fourth round or is this the road you thought you would end up on?

CC: I'm real surprised. I know I had some issues in the past but I got over it a long time ago. I didn't think there was anything I did in the past that would affect me but, I know it can hurt me, but I'm looking forward to the future and hoping I can do something great for the New England Patriots.

Q: What's the difference between the Cedric Cobbs now and the Cedric Cobbs who had issues previously?

CC: Well I'm more grown up now, I have responsibilities. I have a fiancée, I have a child and I have another child on the way. I now have to take care of my business or else I'm going to be out on the streets. I have a love for football and I want to be able to excel in football and life itself.

Q: Is there any back you emulate or try to compare yourself to in terms of running-style?

CC: I think I have a similarity to someone like Fred Taylor, somewhat Jamal Lewis, and way in the past someone like Bo Jackson or Earl Campbell. Hopefully I can reach those goals and dreams I've always had in life to be one of the best backs in the league, so I'm looking forward to doing that and now I think I have a good opportunity to do that in New England.

Q: How are your kick-return skills? That seems to be a wide-open position for you coming in here.

CC: I'm willing to play on any special teams they need me on. Whether it's kick-off return, kick-off, punt team, punt rush. Anything. I'm willing to go out and give it my best and give them the best player I can be.

Q: Are you going to get yourself involved in community theatre up here?

CC: I don't think so this first year. I want to concentrate on football, getting better, and contributing to the team. So I'm definitely going to concentrate on football my first year.

Q: Is that still a passion of yours or something you were interested in earlier?

CC: I'm interested in doing stuff like that but that is for life after football. My first and foremost priority is playing football in the National Football League and I've had that dream all my life. It couldn't be better; I always wanted to go to New England ever since I heard they were interested in me. It wasn't exactly where I wanted to go but I ended up here and I'm very thankful for that. I am looking forward to giving them the best player I can be.

Q: You played against some of the other Patriots' draft picks this year while in college. (Guss Scott, Marquise Hill). What can you tell us about them?

CC: They are some great players. I think they have a great chance of coming in and being impact players. I'm definitely looking forward to playing with them because I had played against them in college. That makes me a little more comfortable and more at ease so yes, I am looking forward to it.

Q: While at Arkansas, you said you hoped to be the Heisman Trophy winner. Going early in the fourth round, does that serve as fuel for you to approach the professional level in a style you might not have taken at the college level?

CC: Yes, definitely. I'm a little bit heartbroken, but being selected by the World Champions made me a little happier to know that I have a chance to come in and contribute and actually have a chance to win a World Championship in my early years. So it is a lot to look forward to and I am very thankful to be picked by the New England Patriots and I will not take it for granted.

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