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What They Said: Transcripts of interviews with 6th-round picks Kolby Listenbee & Kevon Seymour

WR Kolby Listenbee

Q: Congratulations. I know you made a visit up here to Buffalo before the draft. Can you just tell us a little bit about how that went and why you think it went so well obviously?

A: It was my third visit back-to-back after I went to the Eagles and Falcons so, man, it was definitely amazing. I feel like it was a harmony, you know what I’m saying. The coaches and stuff, Sanjay (Lal) was really cool, I had the president, the GM, the player of personnel, all of them, we had dinner and stuff. I enjoyed myself really. I loved it over there.

Q: You know, just tell us a little about what you bring as a player. It seemed like you averaged quite a few yards per catch. Is the vertical game, the deep ball, something you specialize in?

A: Oh yeah, for sure. I’m the fastest football player probably in the NFL so I bring speed, I got great hands. Right now, I got a chip on my shoulder because I got to go out there and show what I have and I mean, I just work hard. I just need an opportunity to go out there and make it happen.

Q: What’s your fastest 40 time?

A: I run a 4.3 on a double sports hernia. I run a 10.03 in the 100.

Q: With a double sports hernia?

A: Yeah. Yes sir.

Q: You mentioned that you have a chip on your shoulder. It sounds like maybe you expected to go a little bit earlier in the draft than what you ended up going?

A: Yeah. I mean a heard a lot of things, a little earlier, but I mean I got picked, it’s a blessing and it’s just a humbling experience. I’m just thankful to be on a team.

Q: When did you have that sports hernia?

A: I played the whole season with it. I had surgery March 10. So about seven weeks ago on Thursday.

Q: Do you expect to be 100 percent by training camp or what’s the recovery time like?

A: They said four-to-six weeks. I should be good around training camp time. I should be 100 percent around that time.

Q: How tough is it playing when you’re considered a speed receiver with that for an entire year?

A: You said what?

Q: How hard it is it playing with the injury as a speed receiver?

A: It definitely, I mean it took my confidence down. Because the first three games coming back off the track season pretty fast and then I mean it definitely took a lot of confidence away in my speed. After you know what I am saying playing after going out there prove myself and really go out there and help the team out because there are a lot of freshman and sophomores playing. So I had to go out there and be a leader.

Q: How did that injury happen?

A: I caught a touchdown pass jumping over somebody’s head and landed on my tailbone and I have an inflamed pelvis and then it went to like a lot of stuff just playing on it.

Q: Why do you think you are going to be the fastest player in the NFL?

A: Because I can go to the Olympics if I wanted to.

Q: Do you want to?

A: No, I am playing football.

Q: What do you say to people that say you are just fast and need to develop as a receiver?

A: I am football player that happened to be fast, happened to be blessed to be fast.

Q: Where do you think you need to refine your game?

A: I mean I need to be coached how to run routes, you know what I am saying. I need to get on the right side, get some reps. I don’t need them on my left side. I need to learn some slot receiver stuff, and really I think if I get the opportunity I can get out there and make it happen.

Q: Where do you prefer outside or slot?

A: I mean wherever I play I am going to go out there and do whatever I can do. If I go play slot I can go one on one with the safety anytime and I think I can handle him at least nine out of ten times.

Q: What do you think you can run in the 40 fully healthy?

A: Probably would have had a million dollars to be honest. Probably would have broken the record.

Q: You think you can break the record for the 40 yard dash?

A: Yes sir, I think I would have broken the record.

Q: Are you going to try it?

A: I mean I think my track time says enough. I don’t even need to run the 40, I got drafted. I mean coach has seen what I can do. I basically, when they say I was going to be a 4.30, 4.33 with the sports hernia, so I mean it is basically a 4.25 to me. I just, I am fine with that I guess.

CB Kevon Seymour

 

Q: What’s your initial reaction to being drafted by the Bills?

A: It was a great experience, felt real great. I mean, I’m just looking forward to getting up there and working. I got some big brothers up there, Nickel Robey, Robert Woods I played with in college. It’s going to be great.

Q: You ran a 4.39 at the combine. You actually tied with Kolby Listenbee that the Bills just drafted before you. Who do you think would win in a race?

A: I mean we’ll have to see. When it happens, I don’t know. The guy can move. I mean, I can run as well, so.

Q: Are you a pure cornerback or do you play a safety at all?

A: I played a little safety in high school but I’m a pure cornerback, lock-down cornerback. I mean, I can play some nickel. I know the safety, so I got a high football IQ. I know the safety, I know the nickel, I just played corner in high school, I mean college.

Q: Have you played much on special teams?

A: Yeah, definitely. I played a big role at gunner, punt returner. I did a little kick return my sophomore year when they needed me, you know, I’ve played a little bit of special teams. And you know kick-offs, I’m like the safety on kick-offs, so yeah.

Q: Do you think that’s your ticket into the NFL at this point?

A: Oh, yeah, definitely. I mean I look at it as I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m a very versatile player, you know, I’m not just a cornerback. Like I started playing nickel and I can be a heck of a player on special teams. So, yeah, I’m not only going to play special teams but I’ll dominate and help the team win.

Q: How much do you know about Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, the corners here and their games?

A: I watched them in college and this past year and things like that because I mean I just love watching the Bills’ secondary. Their DB (Tim McDonald) coach, I played with his son at USC, so I mean I watched them closely. Nickell Robey, like I said before, I played with him in college and he used to coach me up. He was a big brother to me, so I’m just looking forward to getting up there with them guys and competing.

Q: Did you make a visit to the Bills during the pre-draft process?

A: No, they actually came down, actually the pro day to check me out. We talked, talked it up a little, and we went from there.

Q: Did you have a pretty good idea of their interest in you?

A: Not really. It kind of just happened. It kind of surprised me. We had a good talk down there, but nothing too major.

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