Courtney Upshaw was one of six players left in the Radio
City Music Hall green room as the first round of the NFL draft concluded.
Even though the Ravens took him with the 35th
pick in the NFL draft, it was later than he anticipated.
Upshaw’s journey as an NFL player got underway Saturday, as
he boarded a train and headed to the Ravens complex in Owings Mills to be
introduced to the media along with fellow 2nd round pick Kelechi
Osemele (G-Iowa State) and third round pick Bernard Pierce (RB- Temple).
Upshaw was very busy when it came time for one-on-one
interviews but I did have a few minutes to talk to one of the newest Baltimore
Welcome to Baltimore,
have you ever been here before?
CU: Yes, I’ve been here for a meeting but that’s it.
In that short time
were you able to experience a crab cake or anything else the city has to offer?
CU: People keep tweeting me about crab cakes but I haven’t
Knowing how close
Ozzie Newsome is with the University of Alabama, how much ointeraction did you
have with him leading up to the draft?
CU:“We met down at the combine and I’ve seen Ozzie around a
few times at ‘Bama. You know, we talked a few times and that was it honestly.
They kept in contact with my agent from my understanding. My feeling on
becoming a Raven got stronger each day coming closer to the draft.
As you went to bed on
Thursday night you were probably a little disappointed with what happened – Did
you think that Baltimore was where you were going to end up – or did you keep
an open mind?
CU: Well, honestly, I was hoping and praying that at the end
of the day they’ll take me – they took me and I’m happy. I went to sleep that
night, slept good man, it’s frustrating but I still slept good. Can’t let it
get me down, we prayed about it a lot.
What is it going to
be like being in the huddle with Hall of Famers like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed
along with a guy like Terrell Suggs? The first time you get into a huddle with
them are you going to get a little star struck or is it going to be business as
CU: No it doesn’t make a difference, no sir (I’ve very
surprised he called me sir). That’s not like me, you know when I’ll first meet
them I’ll introduce myself but other than that we’re all football players. At
the end of the day, I’m trying to become just like those guys, superstars and
that’s what I’m here to do.
Thanks a lot
Courtney, welcome to Baltimore.
Upshaw seemed very humbled by this whole experienced and for
such a feared player on the field, he seemed extremely well mannered, quiet and
polite out of his pads.
One thing is for sure, someone needs to buy Baltimore’s
newest resident a crab cake ASAP.