A couple of weeks ago at the NFL Rookie Premiere, SB Nation interviewed many of the players in attendance, including Cleveland Browns rookie QB Connor Shaw. Watch the video below as Shaw talks with SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein; I have transcribed most of the Browns-related parts beneath the video.
Dan: "What was it like to be a Brown after you signed on that dotted line?"
Shaw: "I had visited with Cleveland a couple of weeks before the draft, and I had a good idea that I might be coming back. To sign that contract when I came to Cleveland, it was really surreal, and I'm excited to be a part of the Browns nation."
Dan: "What did you know about the Browns going into this, and what have you taken from your conversations since?"
Shaw: "I knew that they had just got a new staff in. I had a chance to meet with them a couple of times before the draft. I really enjoy playing for the new staff, I really like quarterbacks coach, the offensive coordinator, and the head coach. I'm really thankful for the opportunity, and I think that Cleveland's done a lot of great moves this offseason to push them on the right track."
Dan: "There is another quarterback who is high-profile, and he's a Brown. What have your conversations with him been like?"
Shaw: "Johnny's been great. He's a fellow SEC quarterback, we're two great competitors, he's a great football player. I think it's going to be an exciting year for both of us, and I think we'll continue to push each other and bring out the best in each other."
Dan: "What do you feel like you bring to the Browns organization? You're somebody who threw literally only one interception all of last season! I've had more coffees today than you had interceptions. What is it that you feel like you give them?"
Shaw: "I'm very tough. I pride myself on being the toughest guy on the floor and I'm a good decision-maker. I don't turn the ball over and I'm a good competitor, and I think a lot of those things are the same as Johnny. I think Cleveland has brought in two quarterbacks who are looking to compete and to bring a lot to the table."
Dan: "How does their system, their offense, compare to what you were asked to do at South Carolina?"
Shaw: "It's similar. It's more of a pro-style offense here than at South Carolina. A lot of the stuff is very similar. Kyle Shanahan was at Washington with RGIII and did a lot of the pistol with the zone-read. Hopefully we can put that in the offense as well."
Shaw also talked about his time with Steve Spurrier, and did a lightning round where he answered a variety of personal questions, including what he thinks his Madden rating should be. Check out the full video above. I dug the fact that he loved watching Prison Break on Netflix over the past year; that made me feel a little nostalgic.