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Haden talks about coming to Cleveland…

(Welcome to the Cleveland Browns) “Thanks I aprreciate it.”

(On how he is feeling right now)- “I am just trying to soak it all up. It’s crazy. Just a dream come true. I feel like this is like a blessing.”

(On Tears in his eyes and what was said when he learned he would be selected by the Browns)-Actually Coach Mangini was just trying to make me smile because he saw tears coming out of my eyes. It was just joy,tears or joy,just finally been able to arrive and know that I’m playing for a team and know where I’m going to be because I just knew where you’re going to live, what team you’re going to, what situation you’re going to be in. I loved Cleveland when I was there and I was just happy that they liked me enough to draft me. On the phone they told me “You’re on TV, so try and smile for us.”

(On his 40 time at the combine and if he was worried about it hurting him in the draft)- “At first I was. At first I honestly was, but I knew that my back was messed up and I’m just a competitive player so I like to just go out and compete. If I see players doing football stuff, I just go out there and compete.I knew I had another chance to run again at my pro day, which I did and ran a 4.41 for Cleveland. That’s what the coaches had me at in my 40. I kenw I hd another chance. I was just thinking at the end of the day all the scouts that talked to me said ‘Joe, your film speaks for itself. I mean if you’re were 4.5 covering, you don’t look like 4.5 on film at all. You look a whole lot faster.

On if he had a good idea being on the Browns radar)- “Yes definitely had a good idea about that when I talked to Coach Holmgren. He dinitely was telling me that they were really,really interested in taking me at No.7. And once he told me that, it just made mehave a sigh of relief. Then once I left my visit in Cleveland, I really didn’t have contact with anyone from Cleveladn so I didn’t know if htey just stopped liking me ore what happened so I just came in here didn’t know what was going on.”

(On who told him to just smile because you are on TV)- “Oh Mangini

(On how he hurt his back before combine)- “It was working out before the combine. When I got there, it was good but when I did bench press at the combine, that’s when I reaggravated it.”

On the pressure in covering a teams number one reciever)- “There’s always pressure when you’re out there on an island. It’s just you versus him. At corner, you have have a one track mind and a short memory. The one thing that I try to do is I deinitely put pressure on myself. I’m my biggest critic. When I’m out there, I know that I have to have a lot of film study and a lot of just knowing what is going on and I have to be really comfortable. That’s one thing that makes me a whole lot comfortable when I’m out there, becauase I like to studt film, I like to know what is going on before it happens.”

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