Head Coach Ben McAdoo
It is great you all could make it today. Second day back on the field, had a chance to work on the fundamentals a little bit, do some team periods, get a little offense and defensive action and we have a lot of work to do, but we are excited for the process.
Q: What will you do with the players tomorrow?
A: We will have practice tomorrow. We will be out here early and have a half a day and then get ready for the draft.
Q: Who are you drafting?
A: That is a good question. That is a great question. It depends on whose mock draft you are looking at.
Q: Is it hard for you to sort of compartmentalize with the draft and this minicamp going on?
A: I think it is important that you have to be where your feet are, so you have to give attention to what room you are in and what you are doing at the time and go from there.
Q: As you anticipate your first draft as a head coach, is it pretty cool thinking about sitting in that chair tomorrow night?
A: We will get there when we get there. I am not spending a bunch of time on that right now. We have a lot of work to do today, think about it a little bit tonight and then put it to bed tonight when I lay my head on the pillow and get ready for tomorrow when tomorrow comes.
Q: Does a minicamp like this give you any insight on who you will take?
A: No, I think everybody is on the same page. We always draft the best player available. This is a good opportunity to get these guys out here on the grass and take a look at a lot of new faces. A lot of these defensive guys and special teams guys have had an opportunity to be around me for the last couple days and increase their exposure as we move forward, but we are always evaluating players and they are always evaluating coaches, which works both ways, and when it comes time for the draft, you just pick the best guy, the highest guy on the board, and then you go from there.
Q: Are you better-informed in terms of your involvement in the process of drafting?
A: No, I try to separate what you see off the field and the medical and all those types of things and just evaluate what I see on tape. That is what we as coaches do best, and you trust the scouts; they have been working their tail off. You trust the scouts and they give you the background information; you trust the medical, they work their tail off, too. They go down to Indianapolis, they do it a couple of times and they do the recheck, so you let them do their job. You trust everyone in the process and you go from there.
Q: A lot of times a new coach and the player they draft first in their first year have a long arch and a long relationship. There certainly was that with Tom Coughlin and Eli. Do you anticipate that with your first pick as a head coach?
A: That may be a little too dramatic for me. I am excited for the process and I will look forward to seeing who is the highest guy on the board.
Q: Do you know who you would like to take tomorrow? You probably arenít going to tell us.
A: No. Again, you go through the process and there are a bunch of scenarios and you take who is the highest on the board. You go from there.
Q: Given this minicamp, it makes for a long day tomorrow.
A: That is normal. We like being busy. We enjoy what we do and we are fortunate, our hobby is our profession, and not a lot of people in the world get to say that.
Q: How different is the draft process for you compared to when you were in Green Bay?
A: There are a lot of similarities. A lot of places do it the same. Iím not going to give all of our secrets away, but I do trust in the process, I think the process is very clean here, very detailed and there is a lot of input to go around.
Q: Do you have an update on Ben Edwards?
A: No, we are going to go in and check him out right now and see how he is doing.