Q: Outside of Cobb, are there any other Packers you enjoy watching?
A: Well, of course, the man Aaron Rodgers. I love watching his game, as a competitor, as a leader. Clay Matthews is a dominant force as well. And then of course there’s my boy, Damarious Randall. Playing with him for a couple of years and watching him and how he performed this past season as a rookie was unbelievable. I was proud of seeing him make that transition to go from safety to corner. To do all that stuff he did and grow into being a big-time player for the Packers was huge.
Q: When you talk to Damarious, what kind of advice is he dispensing as someone who has been through an entire season in the pros?
A: I’ve talked to him a few times. It’s a business at the end of the day. You have to understand there’s no babysitting. This isn’t college or high school. You have to go out there and be professional. I got advice from a lot of people at the next level. You gotta be ready to perform and understand what you need to do. There’s no one watching you do it at times.
Q: What teams have you been in contact with?
A: The Cardinals, the Patriots and the Texans.
Q: Can you describe your running style?
A: I think I have very good quickness and speed playing outside zone. But I think a lot of people don’t understand my toughness as well with me being a smaller back. But when I hit you, I pack a punch. I bring a lot of toughness as a running back when it comes to running it in between the tackles. I think I have great balance in being able to always fall forward and being able to get those extra tough yards. I think I’m very good as a pass blocker. As far as schemes go, I understand blitz protections and I think that all incorporates with being a receiver as well.
Q: Your quarterback at ASU, Mike Bercovici, has been getting some buzz lately. Can you give me a brief scouting report?
A: I lived with him for three years. He’s an unbelievable human being. He’s smart. He understands the game. He’s a great leader and he’s very passionate. Football wise, he has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever been around. He waited four years to play and then went out there in my junior year and in his redshirt junior year when Taylor Kelly went down and got hurt. He went in there and won some big games for us and he sustained that. He’s somebody who can go in there and make things happen. I think he can be a great NFL quarterback.
Q: We’re less than a week away from the draft. Where do you expect to be taken?
A: I don’t expect anything. I’m going to be with my family. I’m going to have a smile on my face. I’m going to enjoy the process, enjoy the time and just hope my name gets called. That’s going to be a blessing in general just to hear my name called no matter what round it is. If I don’t get called, I’m still going to make something happen in whatever town or organization I become a part of. That’s going to be my new step in life. I’m going to create a new chapter.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love hanging out with my family. I like to listen to music and I also like to play golf. I actually picked up that hobby not too long ago. Lately, I’ve been hitting the golf courses and playing other sports like basketball.
Q: What’s your favorite golf course?
A: Pebble Beach. I love that course. My dad and grandpa used to be there a lot. When I was a kid, they used to take me out there, so I love seeing that.
Q: They say once you start playing golf, you’ll actually be able to watch it on TV. Do you find that to be true?
A: That’s what happened to me. I couldn’t stand watching it before. But watching golfers’ form and technique is unbelievable.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete outside of football?
A: Kobe Bryant. He was one of the greatest competitors.
Q: What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
A: I saw The Jungle Book the other day. I love animation. I’m a big kid at heart.
Ralph: Thanks, D.J. You definitely sound like you have it all together. I’m sure you’ll be successful wherever you end up.
D.J.: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.