The 2012 NFL draft is officially over. 253 players were drafted across seven rounds, but that doesn’t mean that only 253 men will be joining NFL teams.
Once the draft ended teams aggressively called numerous undrafted free agents, including former Baylor University defensive tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste.
Jean-Baptiste signed with the Baltimore Ravens shortly after the draft ended on Saturday night.
In his 2011 season with the Baylor Bears, Jean-Baptiste recorded four sacks, including two in a win against Oklahoma.
He is expected to compete to be Terrence Cody’s backup in Baltimore.
Here is the interview with Jean-Baptiste:
1. What was your reaction when the Ravens called you after the draft offering a contract?
“I was pretty excited to hear from them. It was a big moment, and I felt honored to receive a free agent contract offer.”
2. Have you had any contact with any of the players/coaches on the Ravens yet?
“I got a text from Coach Harbaugh a week before the draft, but I haven’t heard from anyone after it.”
3. At what point in the draft did the Ravens start contacting you to let you know they were interested?
“On Saturday, my agent told me that they were really interested and had me on their draft board.”
4. How does it feel to have a chance to play on the same defense as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs?
“I feel honored to be able to have the opportunity to play alongside future HOFs.”
5. Did you have offers from other NFL teams after the draft that were also looking to sign you?
“Yea. The Redskins, Colts, Broncos, and Chargers.”
6. Who were some of the toughest offensive linemen that you faced in college?
“The toughest guys I faced in college have to have been in practice. Since my true freshman year, I’ve played against Jason Smith, J.D. Walton, Danny Watkins, Philip Blake, and Robert T. Griffin. Playing against NFL talent like that every day has made me into a greater player than I was when I first arrived at Baylor.”
7. After playing against him on a daily basis in college, how do you think former teammate Phillip Blake will fare in the NFL?
“I think that Philip Blake will fare really well in the NFL. He has had the work ethic and perseverance to make it this far, so I have confidence that he will take the necessary steps to become a great NFL offensive lineman.”