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McIntosh: 'I'm Glad to Be a Redskin'

Linebacker Roger "Rocky" McIntosh was drafted by the Redskins in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spoke with shortly after the team selected him with the 35th overall pick in the draft:

Q: What are your initital thoughts on coming to Washington?

A: "I feel good. I appreciate them going out there and picking me up. I am glad to be a Washington Redskin."

Q: Did you get a sense that you were the player the Redskins had targeted all along?

A: "I spent a lot of time with them when I was there. There was nothing but positive things that that they had to say about me. They really showed that they cared about me."

Q: Did you think you might get drafted higher?

A: "I thought I was going to go a little higher. They traded up to come and get me and I appreciate that."

Q: What are your impressions of Washington's defense?

A: "They are a very stingy defense and very athletic. The guys just go out there and fly around and that's what I did my senior year at Miami. They did their homework and found it in me that I am fast, can play all three positions and that I am a very aggressive guy."

Q: How did your visit go here when Washington was recruiting you?

A: "It went well. I spent a lot of time with the linebackers coach and the defensive coordinator."

Q: What most impressed you about Washington?

A: "They have an awesome defense with a lot of superstars. They have a lot of guys from my alma mater. They're a very attractive team to be associated with."

Q: What is it about the Miami Hurricanes and the success that a lot of their players have at the NFL level?

A: "We just do what we do. We're very well-prepared coming out of college. We compete at the highest level, against each other and against opponents. And we win a lot of games, point-blank."

Q: What kind of expectations do you have for your rookie year?

A: "I just want to get out there and play. I love playing the game of football and I'm glad I've made it this far. I know it's not over yet. I have a lot more work to do."

Q: What do you think you do best on the football field?

A: "Probably attacking the line of scrimmage--that is one of the best attributes that I have. I attack with my speed. I also know where plays are going and I read offensive sets."

Q: Coaches here have talked about your versatility. Coming into the league, what position do you think you are best suited to?

A: "I play where I'm needed. My weight can go up or down if the position requires it. I can move well. I learn things quickly. Wherever they need me, that's where I'm going to play. Personally, I like to play outside."

Q: What are your thoughts about possibly following LaVar Arrington at outside linebacker?

A: "It would be great to go in there and follow in his footsteps. He was a great player along with the other linebackers there. I am just happy to move into any spot I can."

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