Ryan Clady Press Conference
Ryan Clady
Ryan Clady

Posted Apr 27, 2008


Denver Broncos first round pick OT Ryan Clady speaks to the media.

BOISE STATE T RYAN CLADY PRESS CONFERENCE (ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) (Rd. 1 - 12th overall)

On his last 24 hours since being drafted by Denver
"I would probably say hectic. You know, not a lot of sleep. A lot of phone calls--my phone has been blowing up [with] 'Congratulations' and stuff like that. It's been fun, though, especially my family with the party we had. It's a good time."

On the conversation he had with Denver when he was drafted
"It was exciting. It was fast--right when they got on the clock the call came. I really couldn't talk at first. [There] was a lot of screaming, so I had to wait a while before I could communicate back and forth."

On his athleticism
"I can dunk. I like playing basketball, it's fun. It's something I've done a lot growing up."

On his ideal playing weight
"I would say [I'm comfortable] around 320 [pounds]--in that range--maybe 318 [pounds]. I'm around there right now."

On whether he had talked to QB Jay Cutler
"He texted me yesterday. He just said he was excited to have me back there [protecting his blind side], and I said I was, too."

On declaring for the draft after his junior season
"I feel good about my decision, and I had a great career up at Boise State. I felt that I pretty much accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish. I just thought it was time to take my talents to the next level."

On why he wasn't highly recruited out of high school
"I'm not sure exactly why I wasn't [highly] recruited. I did play defensive line in high school, but most schools recruited me as an offensive lineman. 'Hawk' [University of Colorado Head Coach and former Boise State Head Coach Dan Hawkins] just recruited me--just took a chance on me because I never really played the position [and he] didn't know if it would work out or not. I went on my recruiting trip up there [to Boise State] and I just loved all of the coaches and the players, and it just felt like a brotherhood up there. I felt the most comfortable there so I went with that decision."

On whether he had talked to Dan Hawkins
"No, I haven't heard from him, but I'll probably give him a visit when I get back in town sometime."

On continuing to wear blue and orange
"It looks like I'm going to be orange and blue for a while now. [I'll] continue to be a Bronco."

On how he developed confidence
"Just working on my game and [by] how hard I work. You develop some comfort and confidence playing the position I play. You have to be confident."

On whether he has room to grow
"Definitely, I've been growing. I'm just excited for the new techniques to learn and the new scheme--I'm definitely excited for that."

On why he quit playing football for a period during his youth
"I don't really know. I just had to make weight every week, so it [was] kind of a challenge for me. I didn't really want to have to do that year-in and year-out. I had to be under 130 [pounds]...When I signed up I think I was around 140 [pounds], 145."


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