As many of you know, SB Nation is live in LA at the NFLPA rookie premiere. SB Nation Studios should have some video interviews with Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson online soon. In the mean time, here are some quotes they sent me, representing some highlights from the interviews.
On being at hte NFLPA rookie premiere: "It was fun to come out, spend some time with the other draft picks."
On the other players here at NFLPA rookie premiere: "I've met everybody. We spent a lot of time together at the Senior Bowl, Combine and things like that."
Reaction to getting drafted: "A lot of emotion. Excitement. You talk to everybody one by one but you don't really remember what they said and just know that it was good news. I had a bunch of people at the house, did a fist pump and everyone was excited."
On the city of Cleveland: "It's cold. No, Cleveland's a great town. Very passionate fans. I knew that coming in, the Dawg Pound is one of the best fan bases in football. We need to win some games and the city will be elated. It's a great city so far and looking forward to a mild winter."
How often he's asked about his age: "For the last three months, every single day. I don't think I did an interview without it getting brought up at some point. I understand it. I can't change it. If I could, I'd pull a Danny Almonte and put 1990 on there."
On Trent Richardson: "I thought he was one of the best backs in the country, one of the best players in the county. He's obviously a freak. When you hand the ball to him, there's something different to him."
On his message to kids: "Follow your dreams and don't let anybody tell you can't do something."
First thing he'll do with his NFL check? He said, among other things, "making sure his mom has the best doctors" (she has cancer)
City of Cleveland: "They're hungry. They are waiting to win. Probably the closest thing you can get to a college atmosphere. I'll make sure my body's ready when it gets cold."
Is he ready to be the man in Cleveland: "Most definitely. I'm ready to take it on. I'm ready to carry the team if I have to. I'm a team player but I'm ready to lead."
What's he doing between now and the season: "Training hard. Me being me. Training, trying to find a house. Making sure my mama has the best doctors for her cancer."
On taking the girl to the prom: "People say I did a good deed. I don't know if I call it a good deed. I did it because this girl was fighting for her life." He hopes to make it back for her graduation this week.