Orchard Park (WKBW.Com) With the Bills making the transition to the 3-4 defense this year, the team addressed a big need on their defensive line by adding a run stuffing nose tackle in the second round. The Bills selected DT/NT Torell Troup out of Central Florida with the 41st overall pick.
The 310 pound tackle started in 39 of 50 games at UCF. He recorded 108 tackles during his time with the Knights, along with 6 sacks.
Troup played in a 4-3 defensive system at Central Florida, but says switching to a nose tackle in the 3-4 won't be a problem.
"I'm more of a two-gap guy in our system in college. We ran a 4-3 but I was two-gapping nose tackle that took on a lot of double teams and helped the linebackers make plays. i kept my linebackers playing on the field and i did my job really well.", said Troup after being selected.
Bills GM Buddy Nix is expected to address the media here at One Bills Drive shortly.
Here is the latest on a conference call the Bills conducted with Troup, just released by the team:
On being a member of the Buffalo Bills:
“It feels really good to be a member of the Bills.”
On his style of play:
“I’m more of a two-gap guy in our system in college. We ran a 4-3 but I was a two-gapping nose tackle that took on a lot of double teams and helped the linebackers make plays. I kept my linebackers playing on the field and I did my job really well.”
On playing in the 3-4 system:
“I have no problem with that at all. I’m not a selfish player and to play nose tackle, you can’t be a selfish player. I feel like I can do all the things that they ask me to do.”
On the level of contact he had with the Bills leading up to today:
“I talked to them a few times, not that much. Other than talking to them a few times, I didn’t really have much contact with them.”
On being an overshadowed pick:
“It’s a great feeling. I don’t get much publicity, I don’t play a glory position. So sometimes guys at my position get overlooked and I feel like I was a bit overlooked this year. For the Bills to grab me at the beginning of the second round is a great feeling and that tells me that somebody is paying attention to all the hard work that I’m putting in and my great work ethic.”
On if he’ll be able to be an every-down player:
“It’s going to be a big change. There’s better competition, stronger guys. Some offensive linemen are in the 30s, I’m a young guy, I’m 22. But I feel like we’re going into camp and I’ll get some experience so I’ll be OK. It’s going to be a long grind for me but I’m willing to put in the work and I have no problem working hard every day. I’ll come to work every day with my hard hat.”
On not playing football until high school:
“Yes, I didn’t start playing until my freshman year of high school. When I went and talked to my head coach, he said I’ll be a defensive tackle and he stuck me at nose tackle and I’ve been there ever since.”
On his conditioning:
“When I came into college, I was 350 (lbs.) so I couldn’t play as many plays my freshman year. I would play two or three plays and then I’d have to come out. After my freshman year of college, I talked to my head coach about what I needed to do to become a better player. And the one thing I needed to do was cut weight. He said he wanted to see a drastic change in my weight to be able to play more plays because he needed a physical player on the field all the time. I just took it one year at a time. My sophomore year I played at 330 (lbs.), my junior year I played at 320 (lbs.) and my senior year I played at 315 (lbs.). I constantly worked in the weight room and was constantly running on my own to build my conditioning because I knew how it was to be a 315-pound guy and if you’re not conditioned, it’s hard to go that fourth quarter, especially if you’re getting double teams. So that makes me work even harder because I know it’s going to come on the field.”
On what he hopes to work on in terms of his technique:
“I’ve been working on that part of my game every day this off season. Since after the combine, I’ve been going through bag drills, working hand drills, trying to get my hands quicker and the muscle memory to fire faster. Hopefully when I get to this next level, I have some great coaches and they’ll be able to teach me a couple other things technique-wise. I know I still have a lot of work to go with my technique and I’m willing to learn. I’m a sponge, I want to take in anything and everything. So hopefully with my experience, I’ll become a great player overall.”
On his work ethic:
“I love the work. If I feel like anybody is working harder than me, then I’m mad at myself. I work all day, every day. You can catch me up at two in the morning running two miles, so I don’t shy away from hard work at all.”
On his parents’ impact on him:
“Everything that I’ve done so far leading up to this is for me, but also for my parents. My parents work very hard, they’re good people and they didn’t have the opportunities that I have. They had me at a very young age. My mom was 15 and my dad was 16 so they weren’t able to do the things they wanted to do because they had to raise kids. So every day when I get out of bed it’s motivation to get up and be better than them, even though they’re good people, I want to make them proud and do anything in my power. I’m not going to let anything hold me back from making them proud.”