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Del Rio on Walker


The following is an excerpt from the transcript of Head Coach Jack Del Rio's press conference following the first day of the 2007 NFL Draft.

(was it a good day?) "We are happy with the results. It was a productive day. We wanted to add speed and we were hoping to add some defensive players. We were able to do that. We got a really exciting linebacker in the second round – a good run and hit guy. We feel like we solidified a spot that had an opening at safety and we were able to get a real fine player there with speed. Then our last pick, we got a wide receiver with good hands, he's a good route runner and he's got speed. We feel like his best football is ahead of him. In all three cases, we brought in guys with passion for football. When you watch the tape, you can watch the passion jump off the tape."

(on characterizing Mike Walker) "I think the best thing to do is take a look and watch him in spring. We think he is a good football player and a good route runner. He is a competitive player who played some defense in college. He's played some safety. He is a physical player. He's a really good player."

(did you find him at the Combine?) "No, we've been tracking him. We were wondering what he would run. George O'Leary is a guy that several guys on our staff know well and Central Florida is right down the road in our backyard. Our scouts cover them well. He's a good football player, but it was just a matter of if he got his speed back off of the injury. That was the last hurdle for him. He was a guy, if he got his speed back, who would make a big impact."

(on your wide receivers on the roster) "We are going to make it competitive. I wouldn't be surprised if there were another guy or two added tomorrow. We are going to have a competitive group. We like the picks we have made over the last couple of years and we have a young, promising group. The addition of Dennis Northcutt was a very solid addition. He's a great young man that has brought a work ethic and an approach to the game that is more veteran and more polished, and he has been a really good addition to our group. The room is better with him here. We have added Mike now and we are going to continue to make that group competitive. I think Todd Monken is a very detailed-oriented, high-energy coach, so we are very excited to see where that group can go."

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