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Transcript: Everything Said During Tre Brown's NFL Draft Press Conference

CB Tre Brown speaks with Seattle media for the first time on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown (6) carries during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown (6) carries during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

CB Tre Brown, Oklahoma

On what it was like to get the call from Seattle:

"It was a dream come true, just seeing that call, seeing the name just light up on my phone. It was like, man, this is it. I finally get the opportunity to come in and work with the 12s and make the best of my opportunities."

On where he thinks he might play in Seattle; slot or outside:

"I will play wherever they want me to play. If they need me inside, I go in there and play inside and contribute right out of the gate. If they need me to play outside, I can also do that. My range is pretty wide. It doesn't matter."

On whether Seattle has told him yet: "No, not at all."

On whether he is familiar with D.J. Reed:

"I have actually been familiar with his play, him being at K-State and stuff like that. I see that we have a lot of sort of similarities, and stuff like that. We're the same size. I'm very familiar with his play. He did kickoff return; I did that stuff. So, we have a lot of similar play."

On whether he is familiar with the "step kick" technique:

"I am familiar with it. My coaches taught us some things. A good thing about me is that I have a lot of things in my toolbox that I can usually bring to the table, stuff like that.  So, it will be easy to do that right off the bat."

On how he would describe his play:

"You're getting a physical guy, you're getting an intelligent guy. A fast guy out there on the field, and a guy who is scrappy. A guy who goes out there and it doesn't matter what size you are or how big you are, I'm going to compete, regardless. Size never meant anything to me. You're getting a guy with a great, scrappy mentality."

On why he thinks he shined in the big moments:

"Because somebody needs to make a play, and I would always be that guy that you can count on. Accountability is big for me. When somebody says you can count on me, that's when you can really count on me to make that play. I'm not going to let any of my teammates down. I'm there for my teammates. I would rather be the guy that's lifting us up, rather than be the weight on our shoulders."

On whether he had any communication with the Seahawks prior to the draft:

"I had a quick conversation with the DB coach. We just talked about things. He taught me a lot of things on the defensive side and stuff like that, and we talked about a lot of film. He just wanted to pick my brain. It was a great conversation with the coach. Also, I met the defensive coordinator, he was in the room. It was good to get around those guys and just talk football, so it was a great conversation."

On whether he played both inside and outside at Oklahoma:

"I played mostly outside, but I played inside at the Senior Bowl, and I did really well at that. I'm just an athlete, it doesn't matter where you put me."

On his familiarity with the step kick technique:

"One of my coaches at Oklahoma, his name is Chip Viney, and also Will Jay, they taught me a lot of different techniques, how a slide kick, where if the receiver goes that way, I slide then I kick and try to go 45 and stay on top of him. Or, we got the inch technique, where I can inch and let the receiver dance and mirror him that way. So, I am very familiar with it, and I've been taught a lot things.

On whether he is in Tulsa right now:

"Yes, I'm from Tulsa. That's where I am at." 

On whether he knows Tyler Lockett or his family:

"Yes, my pops went to school with his father and stuff like that. Aaron Lockett. We have some really good connections with that family. I'm really aware of it."

On whether he has learned anything about the Seahawks through his father:

"My father has a lot of conversations with his father, so there are a lot of things that my pops tell me about the Seahawks, that it's a great place to be. They just do everything right, and do everything well. You guys are very business oriented."

On whether he remembers the Legion of Boom:

"Of course. Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, a lot of those guys. Richard Sherman. I just paid attention to a lot of those guys out there, they just did a lot of things well. They really carried themselves well. As of now, you still see the Legion of Boom and the impact that they put on the league, now to this day. It's very exciting.

On his durability and consistency in his college career, looking at stats like games played and games started:

"I was never a guy that got injured and stuff like that. I wanted to make sure I did everything right in the training room, so when I got on the field I was real prepared, and my body was well prepared. After the games I stayed in the training room, and that was something that I did, and I was big on my body so that I could play. In the league, if you don't care of your body, you're not going to last very long in the league. Me playing in the Big 12, you see the ball a lot, you see a lot of things, you see a lot of big guys, you have to stay healthy. I was blessed to be able to stay healthy."

On his tackling skills:

"Of course, there was a time, my sophomore year, I was top 5 on the team in tackles.  I had 50 or 58, somewhere along those lines. I pride myself on making plays and tackling, not just being a guy that can just cover. I don't want to be one-dimensional. I want to be a guy that can cover, that can do a lot of things and tackle, regardless of what the circumstances are. You have to be a tackler to play."

On how motivated he is to come to Seattle:

"I'm very motivated. I want to get in and get on the same path as those guys that are there right now. I feel like we can be very special, if not the best secondary in the league. All we have to do is just create that team that is sort of like the Legion of Boom. When you have a name for yourself, you carry yourself and your pride carries along with it, and that goes a long way for how you play on that field. So, we're going to be really dangerous, so I'm excited to get there and be motivated. Just come in there and compete."

On his pride at being a great gunner on special teams:

"I pride myself on special teams. When you ask what position I play, I just say I'm an athlete. I do special teams really well. When I get on the field I'm going to give it my all. Kickoff returns, whether it's guarding you on the punt returns as well. Every time I get out there, I'm going to try to destroy you, be the fastest guy out there, and just make those plays. I pride myself on special teams, just like defense."

On the value of his experience in playing against top wide receiver talent in college football:

"That helped me a lot to build my confidence up. If we're being honest, I feel like I'm the corner that has played every top receiver that there is, that was taken in the draft. You have all the guys from Alabama, LSU, Tylan Wallace, Jalen Reagor, you name it. And also, practicing with guys like Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb. I was well prepared, just being in that league. It's a pass savvy league and stuff like that. That just built confidence in me, and I can handle anything and anybody. So, I feel like I am very ready for the challenge."

On his breakout in the Senior Bowl:

"The game? It was practice for me. I just came in there and practiced. I came in there and had one mindset, that was to do my job, be me, be the best that I could be. I took over from day one. What they told me was I led the team in PBUs, and I also had the most interceptions at the Senior Bowl.  That just shows you what kind of player I am. I'm a competitive player. I do a lot of things, and I pride myself on being one of the best DBs here, regardless of my size."

On the critique that he is over-aggressive at times:

"That is kind of how I was taught. Our coaches used to tell us that if we're not getting penalties, we're not being physical enough. I think I took that too literally. That's something that can definitely change. Our coaches prided us on getting our hands on the DBs, trying to stop his momentum, so that's one of the techniques, but I can also cover, and do whatever the Seahawks want me to do. It's pretty fair. I don't think that takes away what type of player I am and what I can do. Hands or no hands, I'm still going to be who I am, regardless."

With the No. 137 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Tre Brown, a cornerback out of Oklahoma.

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