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TRANSCRIPT: Los Angeles Rams rookie DL John Franklin-Myers conference call

Here’s what the Rams’ first defensive draft pick of the 2018 NFL Draft had to say to the media.

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Former Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Basketball Head Coach Brad Underwood
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Los Angeles Rams DL John Franklin-Myers

(On getting the phone call to be drafted)

“It feels good. It was a dream come true. I’ve been waiting on this my whole life. I’m very excited. I’m excited to get to work.”

(On if he had much contact with the Rams or if it was a big surprise)

“I went on a (top-)30 visit with them and talked to (Defensive Line) Coach (Bill) Johnson and liked him a lot. (inaudible) I had an idea, but you never know with the draft. So, I’m just excited about this.”

(On if his scheme required him rushing the quarterback from a three-point stance or standing up)

“My first three years, I was a stand-up D-end. My senior year turned into more of a three-technique. We played a different scheme my senior year.”

(On how comfortable he feels as a stand-up edge rusher)

“I’m willing to do whatever. Like I told Coach Johnson, I’ve played a little outside backer, dropped into coverage, I’ve played D-end and I’ve played D-tackle. Obviously, they don’t need D-tackles right now. I’m willing to go in there and do whatever it takes to win.”

(On if he was told how the coaching staff sees him fitting in)

“Yeah, they see me as a D-end, primarily a five-technique, due to the fact they have (DT) Aaron Donald, (DE) Michael Brockers and (DT Ndamukong) Suh.

(On if he had a chance to speak with Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips after the Rams picked him)

“I didn’t get a chance to talk to him, I talked to Coach Johnson. We have a good relationship from the visit and from the (NFL Scouting) Combine. I talked to him and he was excited. He said they would give me a call sometime here soon.”

(On if he has spent any time in Los Angeles besides the NFLPA game)

“I was actually born in Los Angeles. My sister is down there and my brother is down there also. So I’m looking forward to heading back to L.A.”

(On how long he lived in Los Angeles)

“I lived in L.A. for about eight or nine years and then moved to Texas with my grandfather.”