Eddie Royal was drafted by the Broncos in the 2nd round (46th overall) after a successful career at Virginia Tech. He will come in as a kick returner (clocked a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash at the Combine) and compete for a spot at wide receiver. Royal made himself available in a Q&A session over the weekend at Fan Fair. So, let’s get to know him a little better.
What was it like being drafted?
ER: It was a dream come true, really. Once I saw the Broncos drafted me, it was the best feeling in the world.
Now that you’re a professional, how will you be spending your money?
ER: I really don’t need anything special. I’ll use it to take care of my family. My mom, especially. She was the one that raised me.
What do you do with your free time?
ER: I don’t have much free time. When I get it, basketball, bowling. I’m starting to learn how to play golf. I played basketball in high school, but being 5’10”, I wasn’t going to make a career out of it. But I still like to get out there and play.
How do you prepare for the NFL game coming straight from college?
ER: By hitting the weight room, studying my playbook, knowing coverages. Studying the game will separate you from the rest and highlight athletic ability even more.
Who were your football and non-football heroes growing up?
ER: Jerry Rice because he knows how to carry himself on and off the field. Then, my mom because she was a single parent, and raised me right.
What NFL players do you compare yourself to at your position?
ER: Steve Smith and Marvin Harrison because we’re similar in size and speed.
How did you get that strong? (At 5’10”, 184 lbs he benches 390 lbs)
ER: I always got picked on for being smaller. I have four older brothers, and had to stand up for myself constantly. That’s why I got started in the weight room at an early age.
What was it like being at Virginia Tech during the shooting?
ER: I was in my apartment getting ready for class when it happened. No one knew who was shot. We just kept watching the death toll go up on T.V. I was calling all my friends to make sure they were okay. It made the football team closer, and people looked at the team for strength and school unity.
Who was your favorite team growing up?
ER: I grew up in the D.C. area, so the Redskins.
Which players are you looking forward to playing against?
ER: For me, I’m already playing against them. I work against Champ (Bailey) and Dre Bly everyday in practice. Going against them…Sunday’s should come easy.
As a rookie, what’s it like playing for coach Shanahan?
ER: I have all the respect in the world for him. He’s a funny guy off the field, but all business when it’s time to work.
What’s your main goal in the NFL?
ER: Easy. Win a championship. I want to win one for the team and the city. Denver’s got the best fans in the NFL. The stats don’t matter unless you’ve got a ring in the end.
Here are some college highlights of Royal: