Reporting Grant Paulsen
1. On how he feels about potentially following Peyton Manning’s legacy in Indianapolis:
“I’m not too caught up in that right now. I understand that is a possibility. Peyton was my hero growing up, who I modeled myself after in high school and middle school. You never truly replace a guy like that and who knows what happens, so many different things can happen. I’m not thinking about it too much right now.”
2. Are you and Robert Griffin III dueling for the top pick in the draft in the coming several weeks?
“I don’t think so. The great thing about football, it’s a team game. Robert’s a great quarterback, a great competitor, a great guy, real easy to get along with. But I don’t get motivation by competing against him. I don’t think it’s one play [against] another, by any means.”
3. Why didn’t you enter the draft in 2011?
“One, there was still a challenge left in college football for me. I felt like there was still more to go out and prove. Two, I wanted to get that step closer to the degree. It was a big deal for me, I didn’t want that looming over me in an offseason after a professional season. And then three, I enjoyed my buddies, I enjoyed the team, I enjoyed Stanford. I wanted to go back.”
4. You’re considered one of the best QB prospects in decades. How are you handling those expectations?
“It’s flattering when people have nice things to say about you but I realize that at the end of the day it is an opinion and not to discredit or discount any of those opinions but it just have to flow off your back like water. I realize I can’t pay attention to it, keep my head down and work hard.
5. What NFL quarterbacks have you been studying?
“This past two years, all the quarterbacks at Stanford sat down and tried to watch as much NFL film as we can and tried to take bits and pieces of Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady. Obviously you can’t take everything because what they do is light years beyond some of us and hopefully some day I can be up there with them.”