Bills select DE Alex Carrington in 3rd Round

July 9, 2010 Updated Apr 23, 2010 at 9:56 PM EDT

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Bills select DE Alex Carrington in 3rd Round

July 9, 2010 Updated Apr 23, 2010 at 9:56 PM EDT

Orchard Park ( The Buffalo Bills continued to address their defense front in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday by selecting Arkansas State defensive end Alex Carrington with the 72nd overall pick.

The 6'5 285 pound Carrington was a three-time All-Sun Belt selection for the Red Wolves. He started 42 of 44 games at ASU recording 146 tackles with 21.5 sacks. Carrington played in the 4-3 at Arkansas State but has the size and the strength to play at defensive end in the 3-4.

Here is the text of a conference call with Carrington just released by the Buffalo Bills:

On how it feels to be drafted:
“I feel so many things right now. It’s amazing and I’m blessed. Totally blessed.”

On the system he played in during college:
“We played a 4-3 game here.”

On adapting to playing a 3-4 system:
“I’m pretty confident about coming in and running the system. I adapt to things very well so I shouldn’t have any problems coming in and running the system. I’m ready to get to work.”

On his size:
“Yeah, I’ve been consistently 285 (lbs.) but I have a big enough frame to hold however much weight I need to and play comfortably.”

On his play in the Senior Bowl:
“I think the Senior Bowl helped me tremendously. I went in there and did very well against much higher competition than I had at Arkansas State. And I think I opened a lot of peoples’ eyes.”

On being overlooked because he’s from the Sun Belt Conference:
“I would definitely say so. Just not even knowing who I am but now they do.”

On why he chose Arkansas State:
“The SEC schools didn’t offer me but I was offered by Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Samford and Ohio University. Ohio University and Arkansas State were closer to my family. So I chose Arkansas State.”

On proving himself against players from bigger schools:
“I knew I had a chip on my shoulder and I wanted to prove myself immediately that I wasn’t going to be a pushover and that I could play football as well as anybody out there.”

“I knew I could play, I just wanted other people to know I could play and I think I proved myself.”

On lining up wide at defensive end at the Senior Bowl:
“That was just the scheme we were in. The line staff had us going out there in a wide technique and just getting off the ball and blowing up whatever came. That was the first time I had ever done that but I adapted to it.”

On how he feels about coming to Buffalo:
“I’m excited. I’m ready to get there and get to work.”

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