Q&A With Broncos First Draft Pick: Ryan Clady


Ryan Clady finished his college career a Bronco and will begin his pro career a Bronco. He was drafted in the first round (12th overall) from Boise State. He will step away from the blue turf in Idaho to start as offensive tackle and protect Jay Cutler’s blind spot. Here is Clady’s Q&A session that took place last weekend:

What was it like being drafted?

RC: It didn’t feel like it was really happening to me. I was happy to be coming to Denver because it has some of the same characteristics as Boise. An outdoor town, nice weather, friendly people.  

Now that you’re a professional, how will you be spending your money?Big man Ryan Clady (CBSLoacl.com)

RC: I’ll take care of my family. Maybe invest in some real estate.

What do you do with your free time?

RC: I sleep, listen to music, watch T.V. I like my downtime, but you don’t get much in the NFL. 

Will it be difficult for you to adjust to playing on a green field?

RC: Naw, we practiced on green turf at Boise State. We only played on the blue field for games.

 Who were your football and non-football heroes growing up?

 RC: Warren Sapp and my father. 

What NFL players do you compare yourself to at your position?

RC: Guys with good quick feet…Walter Jones (Seattle Seahawks OT). 

Which players are you looking forward to playing against?

RC: Shawne Merriman.

As a rookie, what’s it like playing for coach Shanahan?

RC: He’s a great coach. I liked him as soon as I met him.

What’s your main goal in the NFL?

RC: To win a Super Bowl.

What can I say. He was all business. Short with his answers and portrayed a no nonsense personality. Perfect for a guy who will be going up against the likes of Merriman.

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