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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Exclusive First Interview with Chris Watt
The San Diego Chargers added some beef to the offensive line by selecting Notre Dame guard Chris Watt in the third round. Shortly after being drafted, the 89th overall pick called Chargers.com to give his first interview as a member of the Bolts.
Chargers.com: So what was your level of interaction with the Chargers leading up to the draft?
Watt: I had a meeting with (Offensive Line) Coach (Joe) D’Alessandris. We met right before my pro day at Notre Dame and I was able to do some board work with him. So he put me through all sorts of stuff for my pro day. That was pretty much the most contact I had with them.
Chargers.com: What was it like as soon as you found out you were being drafted by the San Diego Chargers?
Watt: I was so excited! I’m watching all the coverage with my family right now and I couldn’t be more excited to go out there and join the San Diego Chargers family. I get to rejoin one of my former teammates, Manti Te'o. So it’s going to be great. I’m really looking forward to working out there.
Chargers.com: How close are you and Manti?
Watt: We were pretty close. We were both out of the 2009 high school class so we came in together. He was able to leave a year early and I redshirted, but it’s going to be great to be teammates again.
Chargers.com: How would you define Chris Watt?
Watt: I’d say he is a smart player and understands how to block. Knows to play through to the whistle and make the most out of every opportunity he gets. I’m coming out there to really work my (tail) off basically.
Chargers.com: Are you familiar with any of the offensive linemen on the Chargers?
Watt: I played with D.J. Fluker in the Army game in high school. We were both on the West team our senior year of high school. So I played next to him actually. He’s a really good player and a great guy. He is somebody I know brings a lot of energy to the room. So I’m looking forward to seeing him again and other guys too.
Chargers.com: Are you ready to come in and protect a Pro Bowl quarterback in Philip Rivers?
Watt: Oh I’m looking forward to that! He’s a smart quarterback and a guy who can gun the ball. I’m just looking forward to looking after him and working hard.
Chargers.com: You’ve been a standout guard. Is there any other position you feel capable of playing?
Watt: I’ve been cross-training at guard and center. That’s the biggest thing right now. I feel I’m versatile enough to play all three interior positions.
Chargers.com: What do you think your biggest challenge is going to be as a rookie coming into the league?
Watt: I would say the biggest challenge, just like anything, is it will be a new experience. It will be a new culture and I’m excited to see how things work in the San Diego Charger organization. I want to make sure I’m able to adopt to those as well and as fast as I can. Obviously it’s also going to be a faster game than college, but I don’t think that will be too hard an adjustment. I think the NFL is something that when you’re thrown into it, you not only have to survive, but thrive.
Chargers.com: Finally, what do you want to tell all the Chargers fans out there?
Watt: I’m looking forward to playing in front of all of you and helping San Diego win some games this year.