S Darian Thompson
May 6, 2016
Q: Do you think you were selected earlier than you anticipated due to a disappointing Combine?
A: Iím not really sure. I think I was selected in the right spot. Iím where I was supposed to be. All thatís in the past. Now that Iím here, Iím ready to work.
Q: Coach Spags mentioned you were outspoken on field and in command. Did you put in extra work before the workout to be able to do that?
A: Itís definitely a lot easier to communicate when you know whatís going on. So first things first, I have to learn the playbook as much as possible before I get out there. So the communication comes natural.
Q: When did you first get the playbook?
A: I got the playbook yesterday, so I had some time to go over it last night. Then we did the install this morning.
Q: Whatís your first impression of being in the NFL routine and the Giants organization?
A: Itís been awesome so far. I donít have to worry about class, because itís strictly football. Itís a job, and Iím excited to be here.
Q: Are you surprised they brought in one of your teammates as an undrafted free agent?
A: Not really surprised. I knew heíd be somewhere. But itís awesome that heís here with me and we will continue to work together on the field.
Q: What do you want to show these coaches in these two days?
A: I want to show them that they have a very good player with their draft pick. Iím ready to get to work and help benefit the team in any way possible.
Q: When you hear the term ďballhawkĒ attached to your name, what does that mean?
A: Interceptions, fumbles and turnovers.
Q: Do you think it translates in the NFL? Meaning, if you did it in high school, you can do it in the next subsequent levels?
A: I donít think itís that easy. Thereís a lot of work that goes into it. If you have the right study habits and mentality, it can happen. A lot of it comes with instinct and film study. I believe I have that ability, but I have to continue to work to keep it that way.
Q: Have you been primarily deep center fielder type? What about in college?
A: Weíre playing both safeties right now Ė strong and free. In college, I didnít play it very much. I played close to the line of scrimmage some times, depending on the call.
Q: How much do you know about the safety position here?
A: I heard a little about it. All I can control is what I can control. Itís a new start for me. A lot of people donít know me, so Iím trying to put my best foot forward and whatever happens happens.
Q: Your defensive coordinator noticed you yelling things out already. Is that important to you? Why were you not intimidated by this big jump?
A: It is very important for a safety to be able to command in the secondary because they can see everything most of the time. They can be a leader back there and a quarterback of the defense. Thatís something Iíve been doing throughout the college level and it comes natural for me.
Q: Do you think itís not biting off too much right away?
A: I donít think so. I think itís something they looking for in a safety.
Q: Was that a conscious decision on your part to do that?
A: Thatís something Iíve been doing before I got here.
Q: How much of your role at Boise State was to be that leader because of the position?
A: It was my job to communicate back there and make sure everything was running smoothly. Itís something I did there and it stayed with me.