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Transcript: GM Buddy Nix Recaps the 2012 Draft

Posted Apr 28, 2012

On whether the team addressed key needs:

Yeah you know, I’ve said this 100 times, this happens to me more than it doesn’t for some reason, you have to be lucky for things to fall to you that you want. You can’t take those guys just because you got a need in that area. But we were able to fill every one that we set out to fill. We wanted two corners, two tackles, we wanted a wide receiver, we wanted two linebackers, and we were able to get those guys. Our team got bigger and we got faster. I just hope it was in the right spots, and I think it was.

On addressing depth concerns on the roster:

I hope so. I mean we did at the positions. You just have to feel like these guys are going to do what they’re expected to do and they are the right kind of people and they’re good enough to play. I mean these linemen are huge, and we got some good speed at the skill positions.

On being able to address the main needs in the early rounds:

Like I say, you’ve have to have some luck, things have to fall. We had a couple of guys that maybe we had targeted two or three and one or two of them were taken before we got to them, but the guys we really had rated the highest we were able to get.

On the speed they added to special teams:

Yeah, and these guys have really been good special teams players. (Nigel) Bradham and (Ron) Brooks, those guys are impact players on special teams.

On where they see Mark Asper fitting:

We needed a center. We’ve got Colin Brown playing there, we’d like not to wear him out and we wanted to get another center. This old boy is as big as a house, too. He plays center and guard. He’s 6’6 ¼” and 330 or whatever and really a better player than people think. He’s a smart guy. He should give us some help.

On if Asper played center prior to the All Star game he participated in:

He’s worked there. How much he’s played there, I don’t really know, but I know he worked there in practice.

On drafting Tank Carder:

We had him in here to visit, and we knew we needed some depth at linebacker, and Tank has been a good player for them (TCU). He’s a tough guy, he’s had some shoulder problems. He did when he was a junior. He almost came out when he was a junior and he decided to stay in his senior year and had I think broke his little finger and didn’t tackle as well, but a good player. Can play any spot for us.

On Carder’s competitive spirit after the adversities he has been through:

He’s a tough guy. He brings that kind of temperament I think to us and we always need that, you like to have those kinds.

On drafting players who have three and four years of college playing experience:

We said all along that we like to go by body of work. We don’t want a guy that realizes he’s going to be eligible for the draft and puts more effort in it and it’s not an everyday thing. We want somebody that has been consistent with it.

On if Bradham is a good cover:

You know I think he does that pretty good. I think he has to improve the other stuff. He can run with seam routes, you see him do it. He’s got good speed. This guy looks like Tarzan. I mean he’s really cut up. He’s a little bit straight-line and he might be just a fuzz late on some of the reads and the instincts, but he’s really a hitter. He punishes them.

On drafting in the later rounds and looking for guys that can play multiple places:

I think it’s a position more than when you take them in the draft. I think you always want a, if it’s a back up you want a back up that can play guard or center. If you don’t, he’s never active. If a guy’s just a center he can’t get him active on game day, if he’s a back up. So you want your back up because you only have seven active offensive linemen, you want a guy that can play both tackle and you want a guy that can play guard and center, and that’s your seven guys. Now at linebacker, the way you’d get on the field is if you’re a good special teams player, but with this 4-3 scheme most everybody can play all three positions.

On how good CB Ron Brooks is for a back up:

He’s a guy that, actually he probably went to the wrong school. He got hurt early in his career and he got behind people like (Morris) Claiborne and those guys. They got two or three young guys that are just like Claiborne. They just keep them coming. Once he lost it then he didn’t get it back until somebody else got hurt. I think the little freshman missed three or four games and he started those. When he played he was an impact player. He’s got great speed. We got him in 4.34. That was his work out. He’s really a big time hitter, good blitzer.

On if Brooks plays both inside and outside:

Yeah, he can.

On where Brooks played most of his snaps:

According to who he was replacing, he played outside some but he played inside too. He’s a good player I know that.

On what side OL Zebrie Sanders plays on:

He can play either side. He started out as a right tackle. (Andrew) Datko was the left tackle. Datko got hurt and they moved him over to the left side and he played left tackle so he’s played both. The good thing about that old boy is he started 51 out of 53 games.

On if he was surprised that Sanders was still there when they drafted him:

I’m going to tell you why he was there, I think. He had a bad Senior Bowl. He goes to the Senior Bowl. He had tried to lose some weight and he worked them in at guard and that kind of threw him off. He didn’t have a good Senior Bowl. I think it scared off everybody. It actually scared us some. You couldn’t get it out of your mind. We say that all-star games are not going to move a guy up or down, but once you see it you know it’s hard not remember that. You go back to his body of work he played good and he’s got some of that strength back.

On not being able to draft a quarterback in the draft again this year:

We’re going to get one in free agency. We’re going to bring in a quarter back and we think a good one. We were poised to draft one and he just wasn’t there.

On drafting players who had not missed many college games:

You know our history with injuries. You’ve got to play through them up here and especially the way we’ve been the last couple of years. These guys are consistent and dependable. That is a factor.

On his thinking of drafting a kicker, John Potter, in the 7th round:

It probably is (unique) for us. We did draft a couple that are still in San Diego. This guy, because we like competition everywhere. Don’t be surprised if we don’t bring in a punter just to have. We’re going to make them work to keep their spot. If somebody’s better they’ll beat them out. This guy is a kick off guy. He kicked through the uprights kicking off. And if you can make, if you can kick the ball in the end zone and make them start on the 20 it gives you a much better chance defensively. Then it will be up to Chan (Gailey) to figure out a spot to get him in the 46 so he’s active, but if he can consistently kick it in the end zone then he’s worth that 7th round pick.

On K Rian Lindell still getting teams inside the 20 consistently last season and if he just prefers to have it kicked deep in the endzone:

I think so. If you could start every time on the 20. The wear and tear on your cover guys is a lot less. We did. We pinned them in there. Every now and then if he pinned one in the middle they started on the 40 and that’s what you’d like to know that you could kick it in the end zone every time. That’s mostly what people did to us.