2021 Sixth-Round Pick: Brandin Echols


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DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: Brandin, just looking at your resume. You started off at a JuCo. I mean obviously you made it to the NFL. How much did your JuCo experience prepare you for this moment right here?

Yeah. Going to JUCO, you don’t how many of you are going to make it once you go JUCO. So JUCO prepares your mind mentally and physically to be ready to always compete at the highest level. It brought me to the SEC with this God-given ability to be able to transfer over to DB and do what I do best.

 

DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: Were you ever on Last Chance U? I think you were around there around the same time when they were at East Mississippi.

No, they left right before I got there. They were supposed to come out but my JuCo coach didn’t accept it. That’s when they started going to Indy.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Brandin, what would you describe as the strengths of your game?

The strengths of my game are my physicality, my speed, my football IQ, all of my jump. I’m going to start utilizing my jumping abilities more. I need to bring it all into place, become the dynamic player for the Jets.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Did you get a strong feeling that the Jets were interested in you?

Yes sir. I had a few calls with them. I knew they were on the radar. I just didn’t know, with it being a draft, anything could happen. I’m just glad it happened today, that they came and got me.

 

J.P. Pelzman: Brandin, how big a factor do you think your pro day was? Do you think that opened a lot of eyes as to how good a prospect you are?

Yes sir. I think it did open a lot of eyes because [inaudible] I was probably going to go undrafted. So, I knew I had to make a big impact at my pro day. I put my trust in Pete Bommarito down in Miami, Florida. Trusted his process, to see what he got me capable of doing.

 

DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: You went to UK. How much of the rivalry did you play into between UK and Louisville?

I played in it one year, and, let me tell you, it was probably one of my most fun games just to be a part of because the whole atmosphere, the highs and lows. The fans were getting into it more than what the players were, so that was the part I really enjoyed.