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media for the first time"Shortly after his selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft Kirk Cousins Jersey , Colorado State wide receiver Olabisi Johnson got an opportunity to host a conference call with the Twin Cities media. Thanks to the good folks at the Minnesota Vikings’ PR department, we have a transcript of that call that we want to share with all of you. Enjoy!I am so thankful to just be a part of the Vikings. It’s a great opportunity for me and I am just ready to contribute any way I can.Q: Can you tell us about your draft day?A: It was stressful, to put it lightly. I was sitting here with my family, my dad, my mom and their spouses and a few of my friends. It was getting to the end of it and we are talking about free agency and all that. I’m like, “I swear I need to get drafted. I believe somebody should take an opportunity on me.” I’m talking to the Vikings and they’re like, “Are you ready to be a Minnesota Viking?” I was like, “Oh my gosh, yes. I am so excited.”Q: What did you learn from playing with Michael Gallup and Rashard Higgins?A: That was an incredible opportunity for me. I think we complemented each other well, specifically Gallop and myself, Preston [Williams] and I, just because some of the things they do are different than mine and I can definitely learn from them. Coming in as a freshman, having Rashard there was a really great opportunity for me to grow up as a football player, which I definitely needed Marcus Sherels Jersey , turned me into the player I am now.Q: Do you feel you have enough burst to help the offense be more explosive?A: Absolutely. All of the weapons on the team, plus me, could definitely spread the field out and I can get vertical anytime you want me to. I’m down for that.Q: How familiar are you with the Vikings wide receiver situation and are you comfortable competing for that third job?A: There’s always an opportunity to snatch that number three job, whether I am a rookie or it’s one of the other guys. I know you have [Laquon] Treadwell and guys like that but it’s going to be fun to compete. That is what it takes to be an athlete. That is what I love about the game is there is always competition. Guys will make you compete and guys will make you better as a player. That is what is going to be the huge change for me going from college to NFL is just how much guys know and how much they can teach me. I am just going to get under somebody’s wing and learn from them.Q: Do you have your eyes set on any personal goal in the NFL?A: Mine is just to get on the field and contribute any way I can, if that is special teams, the number three receiver, whatever it is. I want to return punts and I want to do it all. Wherever I can help, I am here for it.Q: How would you describe yourself and your skillset?A: I am a finesse guy in my routes. I take pride in my routes. I think that is what I do best, for sure. Whether it is in and out of breaks, double moves, I am a route technician. That is how I separate myself from defenders and things like that. I have the speed for sure. I am not a crazy track star but I am definitely a guy who can get some separation and just make a play. I am a very reliable guy and I am going to continue that in the NFL.Q: Do you have any off the field interests?A: I love shopping. I would be down to somehow get involved with that, maybe some apparel stuff. I love hanging out with kids and inspiring the youth. I feel like where my family has come from and everything, especially from Nigeria, you see a lot of poverty and things like that. Just in the position I am as an athlete Xavier Rhodes Jersey , I can inspire a lot of younger people, whether it is younger or older. I am just here for whatever. I would love to get involved in the community for sure.Q: Had your family turned into much of a football family as you’ve played?A: I wouldn’t say they’ve completely turned into a football family. I still have my grandma on me sometimes thinking football is too dangerous. She definitely has learned to understand the game a little better now. My parents are all on board with me playing football. I am hoping to turn it all around. I am hoping to start a generation of football players in my family. Speaking with the media in the Twin Cities for the first time" Minnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftTranscript: Conference Call with Minnesota Vikings seventh-round pick Kris BoydSpeaking with the media in the Twin Cities for the first timeCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Transcript: Conference Call with Minnesota Vikings seventh-round pick Kris BoydTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesLike all of the Minnesota Vikings’ other draft picks, Texas cornerback Kris Boyd got an opportunity to speak with the media in the Twin Cities via a conference call shortly after he was selected by the team on Saturday afternoon. The good folks from the Vikings’ PR Department have sent us a transcript of that call, and we wanted to take the opportunity to share that transcript with you. Enjoy!<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="CpI56z">I’m just thankful for this opportunity. Being in the position is a blessing. I’m just thankful. Thankful to the Vikings staff, all the coaches – ready to see my teammates and meet new friends, build new relationships and just be the best team player I can be.Q: Can you describe your relationship with Holton Hill?A: Yeah, that’s my brother.Q: Did you commit to Texas at the same time?A: Yeah, we actually committed to the University of Texas together at the same time on TV and it’s like being in this position and actually getting drafted with no control over it, I mean it’s all a blessing and I’m just thankful for it.Q: Have you talked to him since you’ve been drafted?A: Yeah, I called him.Q: What did he say?A: He was just happy for me. It’s crazy because 20-30 minutes before I got drafted me and him were on the phone together and we were just having a casual conversation not thinking nothing of it. We were just like if we had the opportunity to be drafted to the same team and then right after that happened me, him, and Devante [Davis], we had a three-way Facetime all smiling. It’s a blessing getting this opportunity. When you get that coming from where I come from, I’m just happy Mike Remmers Jersey , ready to embrace it, and just show everybody what time of player I am.Q: Knowing how Coach Zimmer is with DBs, what type of challenge is that for you?A: I’m ready to get in there and be all ears, ready to learn as much as I can, become the best player at my position that I can be and I also got help with Hollywood [Holton Hill]. Y’all may know him as Holton, but Hollywood is what I call him. I mean just getting in there with him, staying in the film room, and getting along with coach. Just ready to be better than what I am and prove everybody wrong.Q: You come from a football family, what’s it like watching their success?A: I’m always happy for my friends and my family when they have success. He actually just walked in the door not too long ago, like a minute ago. It’s just a blessing and now I’m in the position and they’re happy for me. I’m just ready to do the same thing.Q: What was it like waiting around to hear your name called? Did you feel like you were going to go higher?A: Yeah, but I mean at the end of the day I told myself I’m not going to get myself worked up. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was just chill. I’ve been chilling since yesterday doing my normal day-to-day routine, seeing my family and friends, everybody come over. I really wasn’t watching the draft because I didn’t want to think about it too much. I was turning it on when my phone was called because I’ve been chilling and embracing it at the same time. When I got the phone call I turned on the TV. I have the family come into the room and we all watched it. I mean it was a blessing, dream come true and I’m thankful for it.Q: You returned kickoffs in college Riley Reiff Jersey , have the Vikings approached you about possibly doing that?A: We have not talked anything yet. I’m just ready to get down there and get to work.Q: How important was Coach Jason Washington in tightening up your game?A: Coach Washington is very important. I feel like he doesn’t get the recognition he needs. I feel like Coach Washington is a great coach and it really goes unnoticed. He came in and made an impact on me, Hollywood, and Devante quick. If you go back and look at the film when we were with Coach Strong and then go look when we were with them, the technique changed, everything changed and you can see it in the film.Q: What contributes to your ability to play downhill and being so good against the run?A: I just play football, honestly. All I want to be is competitive and win no matter what it is. The tackling is just me wanting to be competitive and win all the time. I can’t really explain it. Once the ball is snapped all I know is go.Q: Can you talk about the quality of competition that you got to face and the scrappiness and grittiness it takes? How will that help you at the next level?A: I’m pretty sure there’s faces that I’ve already seen before when I first got to college, just like the NFL. If it’s not I’ll just watch film and adjust. I feel like I’m prepared and I’m ready for it – every other style, all types of receivers and stuff like that. I’m just ready for this opportunity to get out there and play football again.Q: Holton Hill is suspended for the first four games. How is he handling that situation?A: Nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes and you’re going to be disciplined for it. It’s a mistake he made. He has to take that under the chin. Nobody’s perfect, like me, myself, I make mistakes and I take that under the chin. It is live and learn; you’re going to take that and run with it.

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