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April 26, 2013
Raiders grab UConn linebacker Sio Moore in the third round

ALAMEDA - The Raiders selected Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore with their third-round selection in the NFL Draft, 66th overall.

Moore (6-1, 245) started 31-of-41 games for the Huskies and was an All-Big East Conference first-team selection. Moore had 72 tackles and eight sacks as a senior.

Moore played for the Raiders' coaching staff during the Senior Bowl.

Below are some quotes from Moore's conference call with local media.

Q: Is that right that you earned your way into the Senior Bowl by excelling in a lesser all-star game before?
A: Yessir. The thing with me is I was a guy that was overlooked and you know, I had to work my tail off each and every way in everything that I have to this day. I'm very appreciative and I'm very blessed to be where I'm at and what I have. And to go out there with the Oakland Raiders and work with Coach (Dennis) Allen, hand-in-hand and have conversations and talk with him, and be with Coach (Jason) Tarver everyday and tell Coach Tarver about myself, so they know how I am, how I practice, the person that I am and how I play with juice. And everything I do, I do with juice, which I got from my coach, my linebacker coach Jon Wholley, and it's just been a blessing, man, and I was glad they picked me up because I know that was the right fit because...they know me and they didn't need to do the interview process and all those things. Like I said from the beginning of this whole draft process, there's going to be one team that's going to fall in love and make the right pick and there's going to be 31 other teams that are going to be pissed off. The Oakland Raiders got the best linebacker in the draft, I don't care who went before.

Q: How do you see yourself fitting in, then?
A: Hey, man, being a special teams war daddy and just going out there, if they allow me to play linebacker or whatever position, really doing everything possible I can to help that team win. I'm about winning and I'm about changing culture and being a leader. So, whenever I go out there, the first thing I'm going to do is do everything I can to prove to my coaches that they can trust me and then prove to my teammates that they can trust me as well. It's great that I have a former teammate out there -- Tyvon Branch. He actually brought me in on my official visit (to UConn) and took me around campus. So it's funny.

Q: Heard from Tyvon yet, then?
A: I have not heard. I don't know if he texted me yet because I got like 180 text messages right now so, once I'm able to sort through them, I bet he probably did, because I got a lot of calls and text messages. But I bet he did because we're a family over there at UConn, man. It don't matter when you come in or not. We're real close over there. That's the difference between us and a bunch of other programs. We're family and we're real people.

Q: What was your linebacker role at UConn and does it translate to something specific in NFL?
A: Truthfully when I was at UConn my coaches put me in a position to play each and every position on the field regardless of me being a true linebacker. I played Sam, I played Will, I played like a down free safety, I even played a bit of off corner, I played a d-end with his hand in the ground and a two-point.

Q: You didn't kick?
A: I didn't kick. I probably could have. The good thing about it man is Coach Tarver knows I can play a bunch of different roles. They've seen it firsthand. I think it's not just I can play, they've seen my energy throughout the game when we played. I play with a lot of energy, a lot of passion. You can see it. I'm just glad to be a part of that. Whatever position they have me in, I'm going to do whatever I can to win.

Q: Anything said at Senior Bowl like you could be a Raider?
A: It was actually funny because Coach Tarver left me a voicemail saying how much he wanted me, good luck in the process and they would look to get me and they would do everything possible so that he could get me and he ended up doing it. I'm glad that was able to happen. That says something about his word and what he was able to do. I appreciate people who can put their word to what they say.

Q: Who called?
A: I actually got on the phone, to tell you the truth I was so excited I don't remember exactly the first person I talked to. But I know I talked Mr. McKenzie the GM, he asked me if I wanted to be a Raider and I said 'Come on, you know I want to do that.' He said we're going to go ahead and put the card in and pull you in. I was like, I have a home.

Q: Why is he the best linebacker in the draft?
A: I'm not a guy that hasn't done any and everything on the field. I've played every position on the field and done so in a productive manner and have the film to prove it. I'm not a guy you have to say 'Oh, he can do this or we can have him do that.' I've done every aspect of the game and I've been productive and each and every one. I have the film to prove it unlike a lot of other linebackers. The coaches know that. For me, I take that and use that not to brag and boast but as a chip on my shoulder because even though I can do a bunch of things I'm still overlooked. It's a shame but it's also a blessing because it's the reason why I'm pissed off. Going to Oakland they're going to get a pissed off linebacker that wants to prove why he's the best linebacker coming out this year. I don't care about the guys drafted before me. I play with juice. None of those guys are as hungry as me. None of those guys want to work as hard as me. I'm going to make sure wherever I go, whoever I'm with I'm going to outwork them.

Q: Think you can start right away?
A: I plan on coming in and giving everything I have. With me giving everything I have , I don't look back because I know if I can give everything that I have I'm going to put myself in the best position and that's to win and be the greatest linebacker and greatest player.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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