Philadelphia Eagles News

TE Cornelius Ingram

On how he feels to be drafted by the Eagles: "I feel good, real good."

On whether he felt that he was going to be drafted higher: "You know, I was thinking that I would but at the same time I know the knee problem was a question to a lot of teams. I'm at the point in my life where I am happy for the opportunity and for Philadelphia giving me this chance because I am definitely going to take advantage of it. I'm going to be one of the hardest working guys out there on the field and I am ready to get started."

On what he knows about the Eagles system and how much contact he had with them: "I was aware of, of course, Donovan McNabb, they got rid of L.J. Smith, we have some great, great, great young receivers in (DeSean) Jackson and just picking up (Jeremy) Maclin. I'm just looking forward to the opportunity. (Brian) Westbrook is in there and it's almost like the perfect fit."

On how he would describe himself as a tight end:"I think I am definitely more of a vertical tight end, receiver tight end because of the style of offense we ran at Florida. At the same time, I know I did not do a whole lot of blocking as far as being an attached tight end because we were so into the spread. But I know I can do it and I know I can stretch the field vertically so I am just ready to start."

On whether the injury will hinder his ability to adjust or get back into action: "Not really. I think it is just more of a mental thing coming off of an injury like this. Nine times out of ten with some guys it might happen differently as far as getting hit a certain way but when I got hurt it was just me catching the ball and someone pulling my shoulder pads. It's more mental so I think once I start playing and I get going I will be fine because it wasn't a drastic hit or a blow to the knee or anything like that, it just got stuck in the ground. I will have no fear of going out there and just turning loose and being myself."

On when he decided to give up basketball and focus on football:"I knew I just wanted to focus and be a better football player. Evidently it is hard to do both at any school, especially at Florida which is top-notch in basketball and football. It was definitely tough to juggle both of them. I knew with my size and what I could do with the football, my career was in football so I am glad I made that decision to stick with it."

On playing QB in high school and whether he has talked about playing in the Wildcat:"Yeah. There were definitely a couple teams that mentioned that. I think it wouldn't be a problem because I throw all the time. Even when I was moved to tight end in college I was always (throwing). I went to college as a quarterback so I was always throwing, even when I made the change to go to tight end. I was just used to throwing and running the ball came naturally because I did that a lot in high school. I'm just happy and I'm blessed to be in this position."

On whether he is familiar with TE Brent Celek at all:"Yes I am. He actually had a pretty good playoff. I watched him a lot last season."

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