The following is the transcipt of Patriots second-round draft pick Patrick Chung's press conference today, as transcribed by the Patriots' media relations department (click 'full entry' below for complete transcript):
PC: How are you all doing? Man, this is crazy right now. Iím glad to be here. Iím ready to go to work. Iíve been ready to go to work since I got that call on draft day. Itís go time.
Q: What are your impressions so far, now that youíve gotten to walk around and have met everyone?
PC: I love it. I love the mood. You can tell itís a big sports town. And the Patriots are a very good football team and they have been for numerous years, so Iím blessed to be on this team. Iím going to try to make the best impact I can.
Q: Do you feel any pressure being the teamís top pick?
PC: I know itís a lot of responsibility - not pressure. I mean, you just have to come in and play and bring your A game every time. Iím going to do whatever Coach Belichick asks me. I am ready. Iím ready to go, ready to put some pads on.
Q: You are known as a leader and a hard hitter, which are good qualities. For you, what will be the biggest transition to the NFL?
PC: The biggest transition is that you have to be smart. Everybody is good on the field and you have to get your edge in the film room. [If] you study the film day in and day out, nighttime and morning, you will eventually get an edge on the players youíre playing against and thatís going to make the game easier. My philosophy is go hard in practice, super hard, until you canít walk. It makes the game so much easier, so itís all hard work. [I will] work on every aspect of my game and hopefully it works out for the best.
Q: Did you talk to [Oregon] Coach [Chip] Kelly about what to expect in New England?
PC: No. I havenít yet, but Iím looking forward to that talk.
Q: What was your familyís reaction when you were drafted out here?
PC: They are happy. Itís a long flight, but they are happy. Theyíre happy regardless of where I went. Like I said, this is a great program. Mr. Kraft did a lot for this program along with Coach Belichick and the rest of the coaching staff. Man, itís just a blessing right now. Iím honored. Itís a dream come true.
Q: Have you had a chance to talk to any of the fellow rookies or any of the other guys on the team?
PC: I talked to Darius Butler. Heís actually my roommate in the hotel. Heís not here yet, but I talked to him and weíre ready to go. Weíve been ready since Senior Bowl. I met him at the Senior Bowl and weíre ready to get things going. Iím ready to be a Patriot.
Q: Does going to the Senior Bowl help you meet other players? I know Ron Brace was down there too.
PC: I didnít really get a chance to talk to Ron Brace too much. I know Darius Butler and Tyrone McKenzie. Those two guys I know the most from Senior Bowl. I know those guys are high energy, intense, passionate guys, so I know theyíll be good [teammates].
Q: Some of your attributes sound like Rodney Harrisonís. You have a long way to go, but do you see yourself as that type of player?
PC: Everybody is their own player. Mr. Harrison is his own player. Iím my own player. Brandon Meriweather is his own player. James Sanders is his own player. Itís just what you bring to the table, what you mean to the team, and whatís best suited for the scheme and for the defense [to] make the defense better. I will do whatever Coach asks me to, regardless of what it is.
Q: You mentioned that this was a dream come true for you. When did you start dreaming about the NFL and when realize it was actually possible for you?
PC: I was born in Jamaica, so I didnít know football. I was all soccer. And then I tried out, first time playing football, freshman year of high school. My main concern was, ĎI just want to go to college. I just want to go to college.í I got into college and Iím playing pretty good. Iím playing pretty good the next year, and then, ĎOh man, maybe I can get to the next level.í And it just hit me and thatís when I started going hard. I started thinking [that] I could start taking care of my family. My mom and dad sacrificed for me, and itís time for me to return the favor and have them be proud to have their son graduate and be at the next level.
Q: Have you thought about what itís going to be like to try to fit in with this defense. There are a lot of veterans that are already here and are established?
PC: I think it will be good Ė learning from some of the best. Hopefully they will teach me a lot of things and help me out with the process and help me develop myself into the player that I think I can be. Itís going to be show time.
Q: Do you know how the NFL game plans are going to compare to college?
PC: Oh yeah. Itís way more complex. Our defense was a lot more complex than other college defenses, so I think I have a little upper hand, but I know itís complex. The NFL is a whole different ball game. You have to come prepared.
Q: Have you already gone through graduation and ceremonies?
PC: Yeah. Iím graduated, walked and ready to go.
Q: Was that just last week?
PC: No. I graduated in December. I walked last April, so Iím ready.
Q: Last yearís first pick, Jerod Mayo, won the Defensive Rookie of the Year. How do you follow that up?
PC: Iím going to do the best I can. Heís a great player and he deserved everything he got. Iím going to go hard and hopefully it works out. Iím just going to do the best I can and see where it goes from there.
Q: Do you think you can step in and contribute right away?
PC: Thatís the goal I have. Like I said, itís all hard work. Iím going to work hard every day: weight room, film room, practice field, everything. Hopefully I get the chance to get on the field and make an impact. Hopefully Coach gives me an opportunity and if I do, Iíll be prepared for it and Iíll take full advantage.
Q: What would it mean if you had the opportunity to get mentored by someone like Rodney Harrison?
PC: He is one of the best. He can teach me everything heís learned over his Ė I donít know how long heís been playing for, itís in the teens. It would be a great honor for him to teach me everything he knows. When you learn from the best and you are practicing how the best have practiced, you have no choice but to become a leader and be the best player out there.
Q: When you look at some of the scouting reports and the criticism, is there anything that you want to do to prove them wrong?
PC: Weíll see. Thereíre a lot of critics out there. Iím going to work. Iím going to work my hardest to [reach my] potential [so] that I have no critics at all. Iím just going to be working my hardest to get to my full potential.
Q: [On hitting hard]
PC: You can strike fear into people. You can change a playerís perspective on the game, but you have to know when to hit also. Iím just not a big hitter. You have to know when to hit, when to break down, tackle and bring him down, and you have to know when to take your big hits. Iím a smart tackler. But it could change the game Ė one hit could change the game. It could change the whole offense.