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Shortly after Ashley Lelie declared himself elegible for the NFL draft, I was able to conduct an interview with the 6'2", 185-pound junior receiver from Hawaii. Lelie was second in the nation in receiving yards(1714) to only Josh Reed and he led the nation in TD receptions(19). He's been a very consistent receiver for the Rainbow Warriors since he got their and has had two straight 1,000 yard seasons. He is projected to be a top 50 pick in April's draft and he was kind enough to sit down and talk with me on Friday. Below is some info on Ashley, followed by our interview.

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Name: Ashley Lelie

School: Hawaii

Position: WR

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 185

40 Time: 4.37

Draft Status: Solid first round pick. Could go in the top 15-20 picks.


INTERVIEW:

Q: What kind of person will an NFL team be getting when they draft you?

A.L.: They'll get a hard worker who goes all out in everything that I do. I will do whatever it takes to get better and am very coachable.

Q: What are your plans for when your football career is done?

A.L.: I'd like to be a high school history teacher and coach football.

Q: What have you heard about your draft status?

A.L.: Well, the NFL advisory board graded me out as a second round pick, but I have been told I could go in the first round if I workout well before the draft.

Q: What are your biggest playing strengths?

A.L.: My strengths are my height, my speed, and my playmaking ability.

Q: Do you have any weaknesses in your game that you'd like to improve on?

A.L.: I'd like to get stronger. I'd also like to get up to about 195-200-pounds. I'm at 185 right now.

Q: Do you feel you are physically ready for the NFL?

A.L.: Yes, I do. My speed and overall receiver skills are just as good as anyones. I feel I am ready for the challenge that NFL presents, but I also realize that it's a level higher than what I am used to.

Q: Are you mentally ready as well?

A.L.: I believe so. I am a very strong minded person.

Q: Why did you decide to forgo your senior season at Hawaii and enter the 2002 draft?

A.L.: I just felt I was ready. I did the best I could at Hawaii and just felt it was time to leave. I talked to my coach(June Jones) and he backed my decision 100%.

Q: Do you feel you're somewhat of an unknown receiver in this draft?

A.L.: I feel I am. I played at Hawaii and most of the country is sleeping when we are playing because of the time difference. The one game when I know the entire country was up and watching was against BYU and I really did well. That got my name out more.

Q: Do you compare yourself to other receivers in the NFL today?

A.L.: No, not at all. I admire their work ethics, but I am my own man and I want to be known for that. I am not trying to mimic other receivers. I want to be Ashley Lelie.

Q: What are your golas for your rookie year?

A.L.: I'd like to be names the starting WR for whatever team I am drafted by and immediately contribute in any way possible. I just want to win.

M.G.: Thanks for your time Ashley and Good Luck!

A.L.: Thanks alot!

I'd like to thank Ashley for talking to us and I wish him all the best in his football future!!!