Offensive Tackle - University of Tennessee
5th Round – 151st Overall
You will be rejoining your buddy Ramon Foster?
Yeah, we're getting linked up again. Good deal.
Can you describe your relationship with him?
Me and "Mon" have a good relationship. I actually saw him this past weekend; we were over at the Orange/White game in Knoxville, Tenn., watching some of the young guys play. We had a real good relationship. He was pretty much a big brother of mine at school. So that was pretty much what our relationship was like. And it's going to be good being able to go over there and play with him again.
He got moved inside. What do you expect? Do you expect to me moved or stay at left tackle?
I'm really not sure. Whatever the coaches need me to do, I'm sure I can do it because I have a lot of experience everywhere on the offensive line. So wherever they need me to play, I'm grateful to do it.
How much have you played on the interior besides tackle?
I actually started [my career] playing right guard at Tennessee. It won't be anything too new to me.
What about Jason Worilds? Did you play against him in your last bowl game?
I wasn't able to go up against him. He was on our right side for that whole game. I know he's a good player because a couple of buddies of mine went to Virginia Tech and they say he's a good player. And I've seen him play first hand, so I know what he's capable of doing.
When you saw Ramon at the Orange and White game, did he give you any sort of indication that this club was interested in you? Were they asking questions of him about you?
Ramon hinted a little bit, but it's really hard to say until everything really actually happens.
Did he tell you that he spoke highly of you to the coaches?
He told me he chatted every now and then with them. He brought my name up and they might have brought my name up at times. There might have been a minor conversation.**
What kind of expectations do you have for yourself your rookie year?
Just whatever I need to do to come in and help the team so we can get a couple 'W's' on the board. That's all I want to be able to do.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I think I'm more versatile as an offensive lineman being that I can play all five positions along the offensive line. To have a lot of experience playing a lot of those positions, I think it's a good thing to do. And that that's pretty much what describes me as a player overall.
Did you play all five positions at Tennessee?
I played all five at Tennessee. Center is the only position that I didn't have real game experience in, but I did have a few practices and a few scrimmages – pretty much all the positions is what I've played.
What is your weight right now, Chris?
Right now, I weigh 325
What did you weight as a junior? I read some things where you got your weight down after your junior year.
My junior year I was actually probably about 320. In my senior year, I played at 330. So I was actually a little heavier. It was just the scheme of things [and] how we played. It made me perform a little better.
Do people tell you what they think your ideal playing weight should be in the pros?
I think you can always be in a lot better shape. So whatever my peak performance is, I'm going to go in peak condition and keep weight training, keep getting my body in good position. Then we'll see as I start to play.
Who is the toughest player you went up against [in college]?
The toughest player I went up against? Coming out of the SEC, you get a good plethora of them every week. It's not one guy I could pick. Who I played every weekend was a tough task. But I managed to do what I needed to do.