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May 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Video and quotes: Jimmy Staten

Fifth-round pick Jimmy Staten, a defensive tackle from Middle Tennessee State, met the media after practice today. Topics included being called by the Seahawks to tell him he was drafted during his college graduation ceremony, how he’s fitting in so far, and more:

Some video, and then some quotes:

On what was it like to have the president of the university call him out during graduation: “Man it was unbelievable. That is something that I will never forget. A couple of my teammates and I were watching the draft on our phones looking at the picks. The chargers said they were going to call me, they didn’t call me so I thought okay maybe I’ll get picked up next round. A couple minutes before the Seahawks made their pick they called me and told me that they wanted me to be a part of their team. I found out and was very happy and about 10 minutes later the president made the announcement. Everybody cheered and stuff and I’m just so thankful for that.”

On minicamp: “Oh I loved it. These past three days have been beautiful. The weather has been great. It was supposed to rain all three days, but the weather has been great, the competition is high, and I love all of my teammates. We just gel so well together. We had a couple of second year guys come out to minicamp and they also helped us work. It’s just been great.”

On what did he get his degree in: “Liberal studies. I’m actually going back when I get little free time to finish because I have a whole bunch of criminal justice credits, and I have six hours left in that so I’ll go back and finish that.”

On how has the whole week been for him: “After the graduation it was a pretty quick turnaround. My family was actually still in town and I had to leave,. Being up here has just been great. Sometimes when you go to a new place you get that awkward feeling like you don’t know what you’re doing, but here it’s like a family. The veteran guys help you out and let you know where everything is. They let you know what t do and where to be, and I really appreciate all of them.”

On what roles have they talked about him playing: I feel comfortable playing the three technique and a swap out end so I will be playing both of those, but basically it’s wherever coach wants me. He’ll show me what to do and fit me in.”

On how did he end up at Middle Tennessee State: “Georgia Tech was actually recruiting me. I didn’t want to go there because they wanted me for offensive line actually and I was 235 pounds. They told me they wanted me to gain weight to about 300 pounds and I was 16 at the time and I’m thinking 300 pounds? How do they expect that to happen? It happened. I went to Middle Tennessee and I enjoyed myself. It was a lot like this atmosphere. Everyone was family as soon as I came in. I went there and I liked it a lot, and that’s where I ended up.”

On after going through these three days, what kind of foundation does that give him now going into the rest of workouts: “As of now I know what they want me to do. I know the effort it takes and how they want me to finish. So I got a good feel for how they want me to play the game and what they want me to do. Actually being out here and being able to run around full speed, which helped me out a lot with knowing what to do.”

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