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Xzavier Dickson Transcript 5/2: 'I've just got to go in and make the best out of my opportunity'

New England Patriots OLB Xzavier Dickson addresses the media after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday, May 2, 2015.


Q: What was your reaction to getting drafted by the Patriots?

XD: I was excited and blessed.

Q: Did you have any contact with the Patriots prior to the draft?

XD: I had a workout and a visit with the Patriots.

Q: How well do you know Dont'a Hightower?

XD: Hightower is a very good player. [Inaudible]

Q: Has he contacted you since you got drafted?

XD: I have no clue. He probably tried to, but my phone has been blowing up, so I really haven't had a chance to see.

Q: How many texts do you have on there right now?

XD: I have a bunch. I haven't even looked yet, honestly.

Q: What would you say your strengths are as a football player?

XD: Pass rushing.

Q: How do you think playing for Nick Saban has prepared you to come into this program and try to compete for a job here?

XD: I think they run the same style defense. Their coaching style is very similar. I think it's prepared me well.

Q: Did you meet with the Patriots before the draft?

XD: Yes sir, I did.

Q: Was that here in New England or down at your pro day?

XD: Both.

Q: What do you think of the competition there will be on defense in training camp, with all the defensive players the Patriots have drafted this year?

XD: It's just football. It's a competition every day. I've just got to go in and make the best out of my opportunity.

Q: Do you think playing in a competitive environment like Alabama helps you coming into the NFL?

XD: Yes sir, I think it helps me a lot, especially with the competition I played with. I feel like it's prepared me well for the NFL.

Q: How were you feeling late in the draft as the picks started to dwindle?

XD: I was a little frustrated.

Q: Do you have a favorite pass rush move?

XD: I think speed to power is my best move.

Q: When you visited with the Patriots did they talk to you at all about how you might fit into their defense?

XD: They just said I'll be a defensive end or outside linebacker.

Q: Have you played any special teams in college?

XD: Yes sir, I did.

Q: On what units did you play?

XD: Punt, kickoff, kickoff return.

Q: How closely did you have to focus on that part of your game while in college? Do you take it pretty seriously? They take it pretty seriously here.

XD: Yes sir, I did. I took it very seriously.

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