NFL Draft Q&A: USC WR Dwayne Jarrett
Jarrett had visits with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. As the all-time TD leader in school history, does that tell us that you know how to use your size to your advantage? Dwayne Jarrett: I think that is part of my game. I played basketball so that helps me out too. Being on the field, I know how to use my body and knowing the game is an advantage that I have over other receivers. Talk about the chance to compete against the likes of Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson and the challenges they present. Dwayne Jarrett: Those are the top corners in the game. They are veterans and have been there for a long time. For me to go against those guys is going to be a challenge for me. I plan on going out there and having fun. Competing against those guys is a dream come true. I grew up watching them come up at a young age and to be on the same field is definitely a blessing. You caught 11 passes against Michigan in the Rose Bowl – was the defining moment of your career? Dwayne Jarrett: I wouldn't say defining – it was one of the highlights of my career. I play hard every game. That is one of the things everyone sees – but it was a team effort. The team played great and I tried to do my best to help them get over the hump. Is there anything specific you are working on before the NFL Draft in April? Dwayne Jarrett: A little bit of everything. There is definitely room for improvement. I have great people around me. I feel everyday I am getting better and making progress. How have you grown since signing day until now? Dwayne Jarrett: It definitely has been a long haul and a growing experience for me. I came into the game young and leaving as a young adult. Like I said, there is always room for improvement and I am going to keep working on my game. Being a USC receiver was a tremendous experience. I love my guys, my coaches and it is time for me to move further. I am going to have fun with it. Do you feel like you are in the mold of a Keyshawn Johnson, another USC alumni or is there someone else in the league that you are a better fit for? Dwayne Jarrett: I don't compare myself to Keyshawn at all. I am my own individual. He has been there and has had a great NFL career. That is him. I am the next Dwayne Jarrett. I am going to go out there and play hard and be a student of the game. That is what it is about. Whoever I get drafted to, I am definitely going to learn from the older receivers. Take on what they say because it is all new to me. It is the same game but at a different level. I want to capitalize on my opportunity. What is an NFL team getting when they select Dwayne Jarrett? Dwayne Jarrett: I think they are getting a hard worker who will always try and get better. I am never complacent. I am a team player. I definitely want to make the most of this opportunity and will give everything I have to succeed. You were born on 9/11 – does that date hold special significance for you now, besides the obvious birthday celebration? Dwayne Jarrett: You always remember 9/11. It happened to be my birthday – my heart goes out to every family and it was a hard moment for everybody in America. I live with it. I still celebrate but show my respect for the people and the families. Having played and lived with Matt Leinart – what can you tell us about him that no one else knows? Dwayne Jarrett: I think he is just the coolest dude. I lived with him and a lot of people don't get to see the everyday Matt Leinart. He is goofy, funny and he is a great guy. People don't see that side of him; they see the serious Matt Leinart that is on top of his game – people don't get to see the silly, outrageous guy he can be. It has been a great experience for me when I lived with him.