New Raiders LB Cory James: "I'm so happy, so blessed"

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*Q: What position did you primarily play this year? *

James:"I was inside for half of the season and I moved to defensive end for the rest of it. And a little bit of SAM for the remainder of the season."

Q: Do you think your versatility is one of the reasons the Raiders chose you?

James: "Yeah, I feel like I do. I feel like versatility really helps with special teams and everything too. I feel like I have pretty decent speed, so I feel like – special teams and everything – [I] could help the Raiders and everything."

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Q: Have they told you where they want you to play here?**

James: "Of course I'm going to start off in special teams and everything. But I think… Whenever I went on my visit, they wanted to try me out at like a WILL/SAM position. That's cool. And special teams too." 

Q: How did your visit with the Raiders go?

James:"It was good. The facility was nice, the general manager was cool and everything. I liked the coaches and everything, [linebackers] coach Sal [Sunseri] is one of the best in the business. I'm just happy to get over there and start helping the team out in any way possible."

Q: What was today like for you?

James:"It was surreal, man. I'm so happy, so blessed; God really blessed me. I'm so happy. I'm still at a loss for words right now but I'm just so happy right now man."

Q: Why did they move you from outside linebacker to inside linebacker and defensive end?

James:"With the coaching change and everything, I felt like the coaches wanted to try me out and see what I could do over there. As the season went on, there were injuries to the defensive line and everything so they had to move me over there to put more depth in that position and everything, so that's really how it worked out."

Q: What caused the move from outside linebacker to inside linebacker and defensive end?

James:"With the coaching change and everything, I felt like the coaches wanted to try me out and see what I could do over there. Then as the season went on, there was an injury to the D-line and everything, so they had to move me over there to put more depth at that position and everything, so that's really how it worked out."

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Check out Raiders 6th round pick LB Cory James in college.

Q: Were you able to find a position that you prefer? Rush the passer from the outside or drop into coverage?**

James:"They both have it [inaudible]. Like really rushing the passer you can really get more sacks and playing middle linebacker you can rack up a lot of tackles. They both have their place for them. I really like both of them. I could play anywhere, even special teams, too."

Q: Do you hang your hat on never missing a game in college?

James:"Oh yeah, man. Colorado State really teaches us to really fight through your injuries. That's pretty much what we all do throughout the season and everything."

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