After the Texans took Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey in the third round (68th overall), he talked with the Houston media via a conference call. The following is a transcript of his interview.
Texans WR DeVier Posey
(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."