First and 10: Texans WR DeVier Posey

June, 7, 2012
PoseyJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesHouston used the 68th overall pick on DeVier Posey, who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the combine.
[Editor's note: ESPN Playbook subjected 10 rising pro football stars to offbeat interviews at the recent NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. Here's what transpired.]

First and 10: ESPN Playbook NFL rookie interviews

Monday, May 28: Rueben Randle, Giants | Tuesday, May 29: Michael Floyd, Cardinals
Wednesday, May 30: Doug Martin, Bucs | Thursday, May 31: Brandon Weeden, Browns
Friday, June 1: Justin Blackmon, Jaguars | Monday, June 4: Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Tuesday, June 5: Coby Fleener, Colts | Wednesday, June 6: Isaiah Pead, Rams
Thursday, June 7: DeVier Posey, Texans | Friday, June 8: Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Also see: Playbook feature: Robert Griffin III | Playbook feature: Brandon Weeden


Position: Wide receiver        College: Ohio State

Team: Houston Texans        2012 NFL draft: Third round (No. 68 overall)

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Charles LeClaire/Getty ImagesPosey scored 15 combined touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons with the Buckeyes.
ESPN Playbook: What has been your "Welcome to the NFL" moment?

Posey: I don’t think I’ve had it yet. I’m looking forward to it and trying to learn from it.

What are you going to miss the most about college?

My homeboys and just being a kid. Being able to mess up and get back from it. Now you’re serious, you’re a professional and you have to handle your business.

If you could get one rookie card from one player here, who would it be?

I would probably have to get Trent Richardson.

What is the best part of the Rookie Premiere experience?

Really just getting to hang out with all the dudes. You’re not going to be around a setting like this with all these guys again, and now they’re your competitors. I’m the only Texan here, so they’re going to be on the opposite sidelines now.

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Bob Levey/Getty ImagesPosey will be competing for the Texans' No. 3 wide receiver job.
What rookie out here has the most swagger?

I would like to think myself, of course. Definitely. I wake up in the morning, and that’s just what I do.

Who are the nastiest fans you faced in college?

I would have to give that to Purdue. They’re not nice. They’re not nice at all.

What’s the biggest difference between being a college football star and a pro football player?

I really don’t feel like I’ve reached star status yet, so hopefully with the hard work I put in, I’ll be known for being a great player. As far as being a star, I don’t know how you define that. It’s all about putting in the work.

Who would be the one celebrity, athlete or otherwise, you would like to meet?

I’ve seen a lot of guys through this process, but we played USC my freshman year, and Denzel [Washington] was on our sideline, and I think I watched him more than I watched the game. He had me starstruck.

Jon Gold is a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. You can find him on Twitter at @TheCoolSub or email him at



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