“I think that the team picked me to come in there and go out there and be a team player and fight every day,” he explained. “And that’s really what I plan to do. I’ve always really concerned myself with the things I can do and I don’t put a whole lot of thinking into the other guys because I know that I’m not really at my best when I’m not controlling and playing as well as I possibly can.”
And when the interviewer asked if Tom were disappointed with his draft, noting he was projected to go higher than he did, Tom was quick to set the record straight.
“I don’t think disappointed is the word,” he reflected. “I think, you know, I mean, the team that has drafted me, I’m just very comfortable with. And certainly, this is a great step for me. It’s gonna be a great challenge, but I think I’m ready for it. Actually, I know I’m ready for it.”