SUPER BOWL CHAMPS DRAFT PITCOCK
The Indianapolis Colts selected Piqua's own Quinn Pitcock on Saturday in the 2007 NFL Draft. Pitcock was the 98th overall pick (3rd Round), the next to last selection of the opening day.
"It is exciting to be drafted by the Super Bowl champions," Pitcock said in a phone interview on Sunday.
Pitcock wasn't up for watching the draft all day and decided to not sit and watch on TV.
"I went golfing from noon until four and when I got back they were only on pick twenty," he said. "After that I laid around and then I was glued to the TV in the general area of when I thought I'd get picked."
Despite expecting to be drafted on day one, it didn't look promising near the end of the draft record 11 hour and 4 minute first day.
"I started to get nervous around pick 86 and I stopped watching and assumed I'd be a 4-7 round guy," he said. "All of a sudden I got a call from the Colts out of nowhere."
The 6' 2 1/2" 299 pound All-American defensive tackle from Ohio State is exactly what they Colts were looking for...a high motor, blue collar player to help with the improving Indy defense.
"Quinn is a high energy guy," Dungy said at a press conference. "He plays hard on every down. We also don't have many 300 pound guys who are as athletic as he is. He should fit right in to how we play."
While most players have to adjust to a new system as they change teams, Pitcock is in a good position and appears to fit right in to the Colts system.
"I think it's a great fit and a great team," he said. "The Colts are very similar to Ohio State and Dungy and Tressell are similar in their coaching styles. It's a whole new opportunity and hopefully I'll come in early and play wherever they need me, weather that's on special teams or on the defensive line."
Pitcock won't be going into the new situation alone. The Colts drafted two Ohio State wide receivers in Anthony Gonzalez and Roy Hall.
"It'll be nice playing with those guys again," he said of his OSU teammates. "I actually told a lot of teams that I met with about how great of a player Roy Hall was and I'm glad he's with the Colts. He was in a tough situation and was over shadowed by several other wide receivers."
Pitcock met with the Colts a few weeks ago and spoke briefly with Coach Dungy.
"I ran into him in a hallway and he told me he'd come talk to me in about a half hour," he said. "He got tied up and never made it back to talk to me but when I spoke with him on Saturday night he apologized and told me that now we'd have plenty of time to talk about the future."
The situation couldn't be more ideal for the Pitcock family. Jafe, Quinn's younger brother, will play his college football at Ball State this fall.
"That is a great feeling," Pitcock said. "Being close to home and with my brother playing at Ball State, that'll make it easy on the whole family and to watch our games."
Pitcock will be the 4th Piqua alumni to play in the National Football League, following Craig Clemons, Dave Gallagher and Matt Finkes.
The Jim Marshall Warrior Award winner finished his career at Ohio State with 133 career tackles, 65 solo, 27.5 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and one interception.
The 2002 Piqua High School graduate was a Division II First Team All-Ohio selection as a junior and senior and a second team All-American by USA Today his senior year. He was rated as the number five defensive tackle in the country coming out of high school by Rivals.com.