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April 27, 2012

Texans Draft Transcripts - Third-Round Picks Brandon Brooks and DeVier Posey and Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison
G Brandon Brooks Conference Call
WR DeVier Posey Conference Call
Friday, April 27, 2012
(Transcribed by Charles Hampton, Harriet Dao and Zac Emmons)
Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison Press Conference
G Brandon Brooks Conference Call
WR DeVier Posey Conference Call
Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison Press Conference
(on why he isn’t worried about DeVier Posey’s character and how he envisions Brandon Brooks fitting in with the offensive line) “Well, starting with our wide receiver (Posey), he made a mistake. From the checkups that we all did, starting with (general manager) Rick (Smith) and myself, (wide receivers coach) Larry Kirksey, (head coach) Gary Kubiak, we all checked with whoever we could and felt pretty comfortable that it was a mistake he made. He worked hard and still went to practice the entire year even though he only played a few games. We felt that he made a mistake and he learned from that. From there, we went and looked at how he worked at the Indy combine. We looked at his junior year and junior and sophomore film. We thought we had a talent that was comparable to some of the guys that were taken a lot earlier. At that point, we thought it was a good choice for us. As for as Brandon Brooks, I’ve never coached a guy at that size, but we feel that he can do what we do. He moves around well. The East-West Shrine Game is where I first noticed him and he functioned and did very good for a guy that size. If you look at him, he doesn’t look like he weighs that much. Most of his weight is in his lower body. He can still run under a five-flat forty, which is what we ask our guys to do. We really don’t have, at least to my knowledge, we don’t tell everyone you have to be under 300 (pounds). We let them run around and see how they look and with (head strength and conditioning coach) Cedric (Smith) and (offensive line coach) John (Benton). They figure out if you need to go a little faster, you’ve got to lose a little weight. If you have a little problem with push, then you gain a little weight. It’s just something that you function in our system and we feel like he can do what we do.”
(on how high he thinks Posey could’ve been drafted if he hadn’t been suspended) “Oh it’s hard to say, but when you look at the talent and he compares very well with some of the guys that went to Indy and you take the numbers that he had as a sophomore and junior and move that into his senior year, he’d be up with some of the other guys that were taken earlier. I don’t know exactly where, but we thought it was a talent at that spot in the third round, that we were comfortable taking.”
(on his speed and what else jumps out about Posey on tape) “He runs great routes and has good ball skills. He’s very precise in everything and works hard. He works in the run game. He’s a good sized guy. He fits with the rest of our guys. We’re trying to supplement our wide receiver group and we think he does a good job with that.”
(on whether the Midwest focus of the Texans’ draft picks is by design or coincidence) “We’ll take guys from wherever they come from. Obviously you just look for the best player wherever, and you look for good competition and obviously in the all-star games, which Posey was in the Senior Bowl and Brandon (Brooks) was in the East-West. We like looking at those tapes because you get to watch them practice and practice against very good players, so I don’t think it’s any one spot. It just happens that it happened that way.”
(on Brandon Brooks’ role on the offense) “No, he’ll be inside. We’ll start him inside and put him in with the rest of our guys and see how it works. We’ve lost Eric (Winston), we’ve lost Mike (Brisiel), so we have a couple of spots in there. We’ll move around and see what happens. The best five will play.”
(on Texans’ decision to move back ten spots in the draft and if they felt Posey would still be there at the 68th pick) “There was a cluster of people that we felt really good about. Rather than go through our entire draft board, there was a cluster, and we felt like if we jumped up and got somebody at 2 or we felt like if we move back, got an extra pick, we could feel pretty comfortable with this group of people that were in the third round.”
(on his own thoughts from his personal conversations with Posey) “Basically, yes. It felt like he was honest, he was up front, and he told us what went on. We checked our resources, and everything seemed to pan out exactly how he explained it.”
G Brandon Brooks Conference Call
(on his initial reaction to being drafted by the Houston Texans) “It’s an indescribable feeling. I feel extremely blessed and I’m happy that Houston had the faith in me to draft me. I really appreciate it and I just want to thank the organization.”
(on whether he was surprised and/or motivated by not being invited to the Combine) “I understood that I could be invited and I could not. I did use it as motivation to keep that chip on my shoulder, and that was kind of the big thing for me.”
(on his versatility, having played both guard and tackle in college) “As far as the versatility, I’m one of those guys that before the season, the coaches asked me where do I feel comfortable, and like I said, I was one of those guys where it didn’t really matter to me where I played; whatever best helps the team. It’s the same thing going into Houston; I’m not looking for any position or anything like that. I understand I have to earn it and work hard to get it. I’m just versatile, and whatever they want me to play is definitely where I’ll play at.”
(on whether he’s more comfortable playing at guard or tackle) “Since I’ve played so many – right guard, left guard, left tackle, a little center in the Spring – any position. I don’t feel like I’m better at one or the other. Any position is good enough for me.”
(on his familiarity with zone blocking) “I had three different offensive coordinators, so you name it, I ran it. I ran zone, inside, outside; I ran power, isos, draws, everything.”
(on what he knows about the Texans offense) “Offensively, a strong running game (and) a strong passing game as well. I think they’re a team on the rise, offensively.”
(on on how he feels about playing in the zone blocking scheme) “I look forward to going down there and seeing what I can do. I think I can play in the zone scheme. Like I said, I’ve done it, and I’m just looking forward to getting down there and getting to work.”
(on joining the Texans offensive line and blocking for Texans RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate) “I feel like I can go in there and learn a lot of things from the veterans, and I know nothing is given to me. I look forward to learning so much more at the NFL level from the veterans and the coaching staff.”
(on whether he’s stronger as a run blocker or as a pass blocker at this stage) “I’d say right now my run blocking is more of a strength.”
WR DeVier Posey Conference Call
(on his reaction to being selected by the Texans) “I am ecstatic right now. I can’t wait to just quiz Andre Johnson and ask him about everything he does and just follow him and follow in his footsteps and get down to Houston. It’s just a really excited moment, probably one of the biggest moments of my life.”
(on his style of play and what kind of receiver he is) “I really don’t try and pattern my game after anyone. I just try to be fundamentally sound in all the others and just try and work on everything to be the best player I can be. Growing up, I’ve always watched guys like Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, those old school receivers that just do everything right. For me, trying to master the position is really important and that’s one thing I want to do at the next level.”
(on being suspended and his season coming off the suspension) “I missed 10 games because I served two five-game suspensions. The first suspension happened when I sold my ring my freshman year and missed five games. The second one happened, I had a job and they told me I was overpaid for it. It was something I learned my lessons from, I’m moving forward. It’s made me a better man and a better person. I’m just excited just to get down to Houston and get to work.”
(on his response to people saying he has ‘character issues’) “Character issues, that’s neither here nor there. This was one thing that I got in trouble for. I made a dumb decision and you get bashed for it and everything, but I can’t really control what anyone says. I’m moving forward. I know what happened in the past, but I’m just looking forward to the future. I can’t control what anyone else says.”
(on his prior conversations with the Texans) “I had the official meeting where I got to meet everyone on their staff and meet everybody with the organization in a closed room. I was open and honest with them and just told them everything that happened. I thought that it went well and I was just really excited just for this process to see what was going to happen and before you know it, Houston called me. I’m excited to be a Texan.”
(on if he was thinking Houston was a likely destination) “Not at all. I didn’t know who was going to take me first.”
(on watching Andre Johnson and playing with him) “I’ve been watching Andre Johnson since 2002 in the National Championship when they played Ohio State. He’s a hell of a player, and just watching his highlights over the years, it’s just a person that I emulate the way he plays and the tenacity that he plays with. I was in Miami one time with my roommate because my roommate’s from Miami, and I saw him down on South Beach. I was just kind of star struck. I didn’t even know what to say to him. He’s going to be my teammate, and I’m supposed to be lining up and playing with him, so I’m really excited for that.”
(on how long ago was his trip to Miami) “That was last year.”
(on if he spoke with Andre Johnson in Miami) “Nah, I didn’t approach him.”
(on his feelings about learning from Andre Johnson) “Oh, man, I’m really excited to learn from him and just to get down there with T.J. Yates and just pick their brains and everything.”
(on his potential role in the Texans’ offense)  “Uh, no, I have no idea. I’m willing to do anything. If they come in there and tell me I got to run down and be a gunner on punt, I’ll run through a wall for them.”
(on his feelings about not being able to play for so many weeks last season) “It was the hardest thing really I had to go through in my life. I feel that having to sit and watch was one of the most humbling experiences. Coming to Ohio State and being fortunate enough to play as a freshman and a sophomore. Just for that last year to have to sit down and watch everybody play and all the guys around the country have great years, I felt that I was Ohio State’s biggest fan. It was hard. My girlfriend was right there with me and my mother. I don’t know. I was just trying to be patient and know God has a plan and know that this happened to me for a reason.”
(on if he thinks that going in the third round has salvaged the situation) “I really don’t know, sir. Right now I’m thinking a thousand thoughts, and as far as that goes, that hasn’t even crossed my mind. Being suspended seems like so long ago to me and just like another life and just how I felt at that time. I don’t know. I’m just really excited just to be where I’m at and just feel very blessed right now.”
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