Q: Does it feel good knowing that you’ve already signed your contract and that you’re already set for training camp?
A:It does feel good. That aspect, the business part of it, is out of the way and now I just have to go to training camp and work as hard as I can and go from there. I just have to let my talent show.
Q: I know you probably won’t tell me what you signed for, but were you happy with the contract?
A: I was happy. My agent worked very hard for me to get the deal that I got, and I’m excited.
Q: How much did you talk to Tampa Bay during the draft process, and was your selection by them a surprise?
A: I didn’t talk to them much during the process, so in that respect it was a little bit of a surprise. But me coming from a Cover 2 scheme in college, and them running a Cover 2 scheme, I think it made sense. So in that respect it’s a good fit, but there wasn’t much interaction between us until after the fact.
Q: You weren’t invited to the scouting combine, but you had a solid pro day and you surprised some draft pundits by being selected. What did you think about the draft process?
A: The process has its ups and downs. I was excited to have the opportunity to train for the next level. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so I was excited about that. It had its highs and lows. I’ve got my foot in the door now. Now it’s just a matter of me doing what I need to do to keep it in there and step through that door. So I’m excited and ready to go from there. But it was exciting, the whole process of training and going out there and having to run at the pro day and taking the next month after that to continue to work hard and find out where I’m headed.
Q: I talked to (Bucs undrafted free agent defensive tackle) Justin Frick the other day and he mentioned he was staying at the Airport Marriott during organized team activities and mini-camp. Did you stay at the same hotel?
A:Yes sir, all of the rookies were staying there.
Q: I guess it must have been strange to live out of a suitcase for that long, but at the same time it must have been nice to have all the new guys in the same place at the same time. Did it have a dormitory atmosphere?
A: It did. Everyone seemed to get along well. We did have to live out of a suitcase for about a month and a half or so. But it was good. The guys got along, there was no real tension and we came in really wanting to stick together as rookies. We all wanted to achieve the same goal, so it was a smooth transition.
See the entire Q&A with seventh-round pick Marcus Hamilton on Monday at BucsBlitz.com, as Hamilton talks about preparing for rookie hazing and just how big the Barber twins are at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.
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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.