Football: Q&A with Juaquin Iglesias
Zach Butler, The Oklahoma Daily
EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next three days, The Daily will interview three former Sooners who hope to be picked in this weekend’s NFL draft.
Juaquin Iglesias arrived at OU in 2005 lost in a talented recruitment class of wide receivers. Four years later, the Killeen, Texas native left with his name in the record books. His 202 receptions and 2,821 yards receiving are both ranked second all-time in OU history.
What’s it like being days away from the draft?
[I’m] very, very excited. [I’m] finally ending the process and bringing everything to a close, so I’m really excited to find out where I’m going to go and ready to begin getting established.
What part of your game have you worked on the most lately?
I’ve been working on everything. My releases, my sharpness and routes, and the mental aspect of the game; basically everything on and off the field.
At first I was trying to get better at everything I was doing and as I work out — running around cones and on my routes — I’ve just been trying to get stronger and faster. [I’m] just trying to get better off the field.
How do you think the Senior Bowl and Combine helped your draft stock?
I think it helped a lot. I think it helps solidify what I could do. I know there are some questions about my productivity just because we ran a fast-paced offense, but I think I could do it at any level and against among the best [defensive players] at the Senior Bowl.
When do you think you’ll get drafted?
I’m not sure. I’m hearing the second round, but maybe the end of it or the beginning of the third. So I really don’t know and it’s up in the air. I have no idea.
When the Dallas Cowboys released Terrell Owens, you jokingly said they were making room for you. What would it mean to play for the Cowboys?
That’s like a dream come true, you know. It was a dream come true to go to Oklahoma and just get a chance to play there with a great program like that. Just going to Dallas I think would be a dream because that’s my favorite team growing up, that’s what I watched all the time. I know about their history to their coaches to their great players.
It would be a dream come true but at the same time I know it’s not my choice and wherever I’m going to go I’m going to be very happy to go there and it’s still going to be a dream come true to play in the NFL.
Which teams have shown interest in you?
I’ve pretty much talked to every team; [a] few teams called me. I worked out with the Bears, I went up to Minnesota and I’ve talked to the Seahawks quite a bit.
I’ve heard a lot of teams like me, but right now I have no idea where I’m going to go. So we’ll just wait and see.
What will you be doing on draft day?
I have a little lake house thing out there with family. It’s just going to be me, my family, my girlfriend and her family hanging out and just enjoying the moment and just trying to relax.
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