NFL Draft Q&A: Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo
Our daily NFL Draft Q&A series -- after a busy day of Bucs news -- is back with Ole Miss receiver Quincy Adeboyejo -- that's atta-BOY-joe -- who ran a stellar 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and gives us our first post-combine interview.
Q: You're back from Indy. How much did you enjoy the last couple of days after all the buildup to the combine?
A: "The experience was fun. I grew up watching that. I had goals of one day being a part of it. So being able to take it all in and embrace it, it was a good experience for me from top to bottom."
Q: You guys put in so much time to get prepared for this -- how ready did you feel you were for everything that's thrown at you?
A: "I think I prepared really well. I talked to other guys that went through the process last year or two years back, so I had a heads-up on how it can be tedious and all the doctor's visits and what's going to happen. I got myself mentally before I even showed up."
Q: How much time did you end up spending in medical exams?
A: "It depends on if you have any problems or medical history. Me, I haven't missed any games in my career, and I was in the hospital for like five hours (at the combine). People with real injuries, I'm sure were in longer than that. One day I was in for five hours, the next day I had to come back for like two and a half to get an MRI."
Q: You ran a 4.42 40, which seems pretty strong for a guy that's 6-foot-3. How pleased were you by that time?
A: "I'm actually disappointed in myself. I had hoped to run a 4.3. I clocked a 4.3 a couple times while training. I'm happy with a 4.42. It's still a pretty good time, but I'm still disappointed on that. I'm still deciding (on running again at pro day) on how fast my body recovers."
Q: Which NFL teams showed the most interest in you in Indy?
A: "I went to the East-West Shrine Game, so I talked to most teams there. The receiver coach from the Ravens, Bobby Engram, he was my coach at the Shrine Game. I sat down with him. He called me and wanted to sit down and talk more. We talked about coverages and hot routes and he was trying to see where my head was in terms of the football aspect and playbooks. I talked to the Buccaneers a lot -- I talked to their (assistant) special teams coach (Carlos Polk). He was asking me if I was familiar with special teams. I didn't do it much in college, but I'm definitely willing to do whatever I can to help the team win. I'd be willing to learn it if that's my role."
Q: What was the toughest player you went up against in college?
A: "I think Josh Holsey from Auburn was pretty good. He had really good feet. Arthur Maulet from Memphis is a pretty good corner, too. When we played Alabama, I didn't match up against (Marlon) Humphrey so I didn't get to see him this season."
Q: Along the same lines, who was the best teammate you've played with?
A: "It's definitely (TE) Evan Engram. First and foremost, he's a hard worker. He takes pride in grinding. He has big dreams and big goals. All that is just pushing him to be better and better. He can be so much better still over time. Being with him for four years, he's a really good leader on the field. Lots of guys look up to him. He gets guys going. He's a very vocal guy. He wants to win and that's always on his mind. He'll be great at the next level."
Q: Is there one thing you want to improve on in the next month before your pro day on April 3?
A: "I think I'll bench again. I wasn't pleased with that number. I did eight reps (at 225 pounds). I just want to see if I can top that number. I won't do the shuttle or the 3-cone drill again -- I had pretty good numbers on those two. I'll run lots of routes, so I'll be working on technique to be as smooth as possible."
Q: How close are you to your degree at Ole Miss?
A: "I graduated this past December with a degree in general studies. Early on I wasn't sure what career path I wanted to take after football. General studies, it let me have three minors, so I could study three different things and wouldn't be tied into one. I minored in parks and rec, criminal justice and psychology, so it's a wide range of things I could possibly do."
Q: I know he wasn't at combine, but tell me about your quarterback, Chad Kelly, and what kind of player he might be in the NFL.
A: "Chad's a really smart guy on the field. He's a leader. I think what makes him so good is that he loves the game. You can see it in his eyes whenever you're out there. It's something you can never question about him. He's a hard worker as well and he has so much fight in him. You can always count on him to bring his all, every game."
Q: We ask everybody for food recommendations. If I'm back in Oxford, where's your favorite place to eat?
A: "Man, this is my topic right here. I'm a food guy. I love food. Definitely Ajax (Diner) is the place to go to. It's on the Square in Oxford. I usually get a shrimp po' boy. You can get a catfish po' boy. There's a place called Taylor Grocery that's like five miles out from Oxford. Soul food, seafood, good stuff."
Check out our other NFL Draft Q&As: Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp, Simon Fraser linebacker Jordan Herdman, Southern Miss center Cameron Tom, Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis, Texas A&M tackle Avery Gennesy, Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker, Miami tight end David Njoku, Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu, Arkansas defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter, Miami cornerback Corn Elder, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd, West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas, Florida tackle David Sharpe, Mississippi State WR/RB Brandon Holloway, Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick, Oklahoma State tackle Victor Salako, N.C. State center Joe Scelfo, Army linebacker Andrew King, Louisana Tech receiver Trent Taylor, Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, USC defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and Saint Francis safety Lorenzo Jerome.