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Transcript: Everything Said During Stone Forsythe's NFL Draft Press Conference

OT Stone Forsythe speaks with Seattle media for the first time on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Florida offensive lineman Stone Forsythe (72) prepares to block South Carolina linebacker Jordan Burch (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Florida offensive lineman Stone Forsythe (72) prepares to block South Carolina linebacker Jordan Burch (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

OT Stone Forsythe, Florida

On what this moment means for him:

"It's hard to describe in words. All that hard work is finally paying off. It's just an honor to hear your name called even though it's later on in the day. I'm still so happy and so grateful for the opportunity to get out there and play."

On if he talked with Seattle during the pre-draft process and if Seattle said where they would play him:

"I had about two or three Zoom calls with some of the coaches and a scout. They told me I'd get out there and kind of play both [sides] and compete for a job and see if I can find my spot on the field."

On where he spent the most time on the offensive line over the past two years:

"The last few years, I would say I've spent more time on the left. I've always kind of worked on the right side too, but I played more left this past season."

On what he takes most pride in with his game:

"Just my size. You can't teach size so I learn my body and learn my arms and everything like that. Using myself in the pass game to keep those guys off of me."

On what these past few days have been like for him and why he thinks it took until the sixth round for someone to pick him:

"It's been a long waiting game. That's a question I kind of want to find out myself and why it took so long for everyone. I'm still grateful to get the chance and to get to hear my name called."

On how excited he is to learn from a veteran offensive tackle in Duane Brown:

"You're coming in and starting at the bottom again and that's a great person to look up to and learn the things he takes to his game each week, try to pick up on the small routine things that he does. It's going to be a great learning experience to learn from a guy like that."

On if he's stronger in the pass game rather than the run game and how he was describe his game:

"I'd say that's kind of accurate. We didn't run a lot at Florida this past year so I just brushed up on that pass game. I've done a great job this past year or two in the pass game so I know I need to work on the run game. It's been a big emphasis this past offseason for me to do. I just need to press those angles, hold those guys and get more movement at the point of attack. That's kind of my big focus."

On if there's a story behind his first name:

"Not really. My parents always said that if football didn't work out, I kind of be WWE with the name Stone. It kind of sounds like the Rock, something along those lines. But no real story."

On if he played basketball and if his size comes from his family:

"My dad 's tall, my mom is kind of tall, but my dad is no where close to 6'8". It kind of came out of the blue. Never really got into basketball. I just kind of always stuck with football. I did shot put and discus in high school."

On what he knows about the Seahawks and Seattle:

"I know they've got a great quarterback. They've kind of got a need for some offensive linemen guys to come in and help. I've got a former teammate there. I know they've got the (12s) and stuff like that. Loud stadium. Coming from The Swamp, it kind of translates from there. I'm just ready to compete."

On if he's close to Freddie Swain:

"That's my boy. We would hang out on the weekends back in the day. His girlfriend and my girlfriend are real good friends so it will be nice to get up there and hang out with him again."

On what round he thought he would go in:

"I just kind of stayed out of it, that's just the kind of guy that I am. I'm not going to read into any of that stuff. When I first declared, they kind of said mid to late rounds so I was expecting anywhere from three to six. That's what I was feeling. After my pro day, I got a little more hype after that so some of the family was expecting day two, but I didn't get my hopes up too high. Just glad to hear that I finally got a team and finally got a home."

On what he likes to do outside of football:

"Just being in Florida, I grew up outdoors. I like fishing a lot, grilling. I got a Traeger. Just kind of being outdoors and stuff like that."

With the No. 208 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Stone Forsythe, an offensive tackle out of the University of Florida.

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