New Patriots defensive lineman Michael Buchanan spoke to the media shortly after being drafted 226th overall on Saturday. Here are his comments in full.
How are you feeling?
MB: It's a great feeling. It's a great feeling. This was a childhood dream of mine with an organization I always wanted to be with, so it's definitely a great feeling. It's truly a blessing.
Where were you today? What did you spend the day doing?
MB: I was with my family. My whole family was with me. Iím still with them right now. Theyíre excited for me. Iím excited. Iím just at home with my family.
What do you think of coming to an organization that has some players you know?
MB: It's great. Itís great to be able to come in and kind of have some guys that I know and already feel like brothers to me. Iím at an advantage to have that, as far as me getting acclimated and everything and being in a new organization. It's definitely a great feeling.
What was your contact with the Patriots prior to the draft?
MB: Obviously, I did the Senior Bowl and the Combine and everything. I did a bunch of different interviews. I had a workout with the defensive line coach. I feel like I did a good job; well, obviously I think I did a pretty good job of that. That was pretty much it.
When was that workout?
MB: That was, I would say, probably a week or two after my pro day.
When youíre this deep into the draft, whatís going through your head before you got that call? Are you wondering whether you're going to go at all?
MB: You know what? Itís just a blessing to be able to play in the NFL. It's been a childhood dream of mine. I stated playing football when I was nine years old and Iíve been waiting for this day. Iím blessed to be able to go to a great organization and an organization I always dreamt about playing with. So I wasn't really too concerned with all of that.
What kind of preconceived notions do you have about the Patriots?
MB: The same one everyone in the world knows: they're a standup organization. I believe theyíre the best organization in football, they way they do everything. They have great players, everything like that.
What kind of indication did you get that the Patriots were going to select you?
MB: I didn't necessarily know. I didn't really have an indication. When they called me, I was about the happiest guy in the world to hear Coach Belichickís voice. I didnít really have an indication. I was hoping theyíd have interest in me, but I didn't really know anything before it happened.
Why did you decide to stay in school after your junior season?
MB: Just to finish my college career. That's something that I promised my mother I would do, as far as getting my degree and everything. I wanted to get closer to doing that. I bled orange and I wanted to be there to finish out with my teammates. I believed that we had something good going. Everything didn't go as we expected, but Iím glad I made the decision to come back.
Can you walk us through your jaw injury last year? Is that part of why you lost weight and could that be why your stats dropped a bit?
MB: No, I wouldnít tie that in. The jaw situation was a bad time in my life, but I learned a lot from it. I think I became a better man from it and I just hope it will never happen again.
Do you know anybody on the Patriots team?
MB: Yeah, one of my close friends, Tavon Wilson. He called me a couple minutes after they picked me.
What did he tell you?
MB: He said, ĎWelcome to the Patriots.í We talked and he basically called to welcome me and said heís glad Iím going to be a teammate once again.
You had six pass breakups last season. Is having long arms and being disruptive at the line of scrimmage something you pride yourself on?
MB: Yes, pass breakups, thatís a play for no gain. Anything I can to do to help the defense, I donít want to get up in the numbers and everything. Anything I can do help the defense when it comes to pressures, sacks, whatever I can do to help the defense. Iím just going to make sure I have an impact on every play.
Did you ever consider going to Rutgers?
MB: No, I actually didnít. Never considered going to Rutgers, I was an Illinois guy all the way.
They just drafted a couple of Rutgers guys, soÖ
MB: I actually worked out with Logan Ryan. I trained with him. Iím pretty familiar with him as well.
Where was that?
MB: Phoenix, Arizona.
You were projected as high as the third round. Was it frustrating to not go that high?
MB: It was a little bit frustrating, but like I said before, I have a great opportunity in front of me. This is a lifelong dream. To even get my name called is a blessing. My family celebrated Ė you would have thought I was the first pick in the draft, it didnít matter. The biggest thing is Iím a Patriot now and I have a great opportunity in front of me. Iím going to make the best of it. Iím not too worried about that.
What do you do off the field? Do you have any hobbies?
MB: Iím a big movie guy. I watch a lot of movies. I have three younger siblings so I like to do a lot of stuff with them. Theyíre getting into sports now and everything. Pretty much hanging out with my youngest siblings and watching a lot of sports. My TV is always on ESPN if Iím not watching movies. Thatís pretty much it.
What kind of movies do you like?
MB: All kinds. I like horror movies, action movies, everything. I donít have a particular type, I feel like Iíve seen every movie there is. I donít have a particular type, I love watching movies.
Do you have a favorite?
MB: Probably Scarface. Thatís probably my all-time favorite movie.