SB Nation Interviews NFL Rookies, Including Browns' Brandon Weeden

SB Nation talked with a number of the top draft picks including the Browns' Brandon Weeden.

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VIDEO: Trent Richardson Will Keep Running Angry: 'I'm Not Gonna Change Nothing'

Trent Richardson has always run hard, and that determination on the ground helped make him a star and contributor to two national championship teams at Alabama. As he told SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Weekend, he's not going to change that up in the NFL.

"People tell me that I run angry," Richardson says. "Yeah, I do run angry." And, pressed by Nelson, Richardson confirms that he's not about to start running chagrined or indifferent or something: "I'm not gonna change up nothin'. If I change up anything, that wouldn't be me."


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Richardson also touches on the pressure of following LeBron James as a possible Cleveland superstar, what he's going to fill his off-season with -- training hard, finding the best school for his daughters, and finding the best doctors to treat his mother's cancer -- and the joys of taking a young woman in Alabama to prom.

Clearly, while Richardson may run angry, he's ready to make a lot of happiness happen, too.

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VIDEO: Andrew Luck Talks Peyton Manning, Studying At Stanford And His Neckbeard

Andrew Luck has done about everything he could have done as Stanford's quarterback, but he's not quite done with his time as a Stanford student, as he told Amy K. Nelson at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

Luck jokes that he's set to graduate within the month "If I pass," and tells Nelson that he's had to struggle to find motivation to go to class when his Colts teammates are working out and bonding in Indianapolis.


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But Luck's also had a chance to check out the Colts playbook, even though he says reports of his teammates being impressed with his knowledge of it are overstated: "I forced them to say that to the media," he demurs. With only a few final projects left between him and an architecture degree, Luck is close to his first test as an NBA player: rebuilding the Indianapolis team that crumbled in 2011.

He's not so worried about living up to Peyton Manning's legacy -- "I'm not gonna wake up and try and measure myself to Peyton Manning every day," he says -- but is completely ready to take on the challenge of the NFL, despite inheriting a Colts roster that earned just two wins last year. "No one prepares to lose," he told Nelson, agreeing with Reggie Wayne's assertion that the Colts might not be awful in 2012.

Oh, and he's done with his neckbeard. Probably. "The 'neard' has probably died a cruel death," Luck says. "It was a bad look; I don't think I could pull it off again."

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VIDEO: Justin Blackmon Talks Jags, NFL Future Before His DUI

Justin Blackmon is in the news, and around this time of year that's typically not a good thing. Early on Sunday morning, Blackmon was arrested for "aggravated DUI," blowing a .24 after being stopped for driving erratically. He was booked into jail in Oklahoma, then released later Sunday morning. It wasn't a great start to his NFL career.

However, before the DUI and off-field trouble, Blackmon sat down with Amy K. Nelson at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. There, he dished on his game, his future and his singing ability. Blackmon sang in a choir, and though he wouldn't belt out a tune on the spot, it was an interesting tidbit.

On the whole, Blackmon was rather tame, exhibiting a shy side. It's an interesting look at the man, though, perhaps especially after this weekend's developments.

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VIDEO: 49ers' A.J. Jenkins Interviews New Teammate LaMichael James

There were several incoming rookie duos in attendance at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere, including the Colts' Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen, the Browns' Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, and the 49ers' duo of A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James.

San Francisco selected Jenkins at the end of Round 1 with the No. 30 pick, while James went one round later at pick No. 61. In Los Angeles at the Premiere, it was first rounder Jenkins who took control of the mic and served as a correspondent for SB Nation, interviewing his new teammate James.

While being interviewed by Jenkins, the former Oregon Ducks running back displayed instant brand awareness, citing Nike as the first reason why his experience playing at Oregon was great. While Robert Griffin III was quick to plug his adidas shoes, James is especially happy that Nike has taken over as the new supplier of NFL uniforms. He's been well-trained.

Check out Jenkins' full interview of James below:

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VIDEO: David Wilson Interviews New Giants Teammate Rueben Randle

Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the New York Giants boosted their offense with their first two picks in the 2012 NFL draft, taking running back David Wilson out of Virginia Tech and wide receiver Rueben Randle from LSU. At the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in the Rose Bowl, the Giants' first-round pick got a chance to grill their second.

Wilson and Randle haven't perfected their rapport yet -- Wilson found out the hard way that you aren't supposed to bring up Randle's national championship game loss to Alabama -- but they laughed it off and recovered well enough to hawk their Twitter handles.

All things told, the Giants' new offensive weapons seem to get along pretty well, even when one has a microphone. And they seem pretty excited about getting to wear the Giants helmet as well -- Randle won't even take his off.


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On a side note, isn't Wilson kind of throwing the Hokies under the bus by being so awestruck by playing at LSU?

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VIDEO: Robert Griffin III Has A Bright Broadcasting Future

We've known for a while that Robert Griffin III is good at talking: the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner gave one of the best acceptance speeches in the award's history, and was charming and hilarious in talking to Dan Rubenstein at the EA Sports NCAA Football 13 Preview Party and throwing shade John Brantley's way. But, as it turns out, RG3 might be even better when he's the one holding the mic.

Griffin talked to Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears and Jarius Wright of the Minnesota Vikings at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, and basically did the whole interviewing thing as well as he appears to do everything. Griffin put on the fake announcer voice, plugged his Adidas connection while talking about the NFL's new Nike jerseys, got Wright to admit that going from being the SEC's leading receiver in 2011 to being picked in the fourth round felt like a downgrade, and poked fun at Jeffery's lack of production ... and gut.


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I'm sure Rubenstein and the rest of the folks at SBN Studios are happy that Griffin's more into football (and Dan Snyder's zeroes, his jokes about being "still broke" aside) than talking about it, because those suckers would probably be out of work in a heartbeat if RG3 wanted to do more than cameo on our team. (I love you, Dan.)

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RGIII And Fellow NFL Rookies Take Our Job, Interview Each Other For A Day

SB Nation spent the weekend at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere and several rookies, including RGIII, made our life easier by taking our microphone and interviewing other rookies for us.

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