“To be honest they weren’t really in contact with me before the draft,” said Guy. “It really was a shocker, but obviously I’m very happy about it. I thought the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers, the Miami Dolphins, the Houston Texans, the Seattle Seahawks…teams that kept in contact with me in the last few months would draft me.
“But I’m very happy with being drafted by the Packers. It’s the greatest feeling right there and I hope I can help them win another Super Bowl. When they called me and asked me if I wanted to be part of the Green Bay Packers I said ‘definitely! That was just so exciting being picked not by a good team, but by a great team.”
The defensive tackle claimed that being drafted by a team of such high caliber makes up for being selected much lower than he anticipated.
“It was tough having to wait (until the seventh round) to get selected,” Guy admitted. “I don’t why it happened but I guess that is how it had to happen to get drafted by a great team. I don’t regret my decision to leave early because I was ready to be done with college football and move onto the NFL.”
Guy said that following his selection he received a plethora of congratulatory calls from various current members of the Sun Devil team as well as former ASU defensive line coach Grady Stretz and ASU Associate Athletic Director Jean Boyd.
The 6-4 305 Lawrence Guy posted 41 tackles, including six for loss and 1.5 sacks during his junior year, and was a seasoned veteran at defensive tackle for Arizona State starting in 31 of 35 games played. NFL draft experts are predicting that Guy, who played defensive end when he prepped for Las Vegas’ Western High School, will play the same position for the Packers in their 3-4 defense.
“I believe that I can bring some speed and youth to help with their depth,” Guy remarked. “l’m going to try and be an asset to the team because that’s obviously why they picked me – because they thought I could contribute to the team. I’m ready to go out there and prove it.”
Guy is naturally cognizant about not being accustomed to the cold weather that he will eventually encounter in Green Bay. But even that factor, along with the ongoing NFL lockout, can’t dampen his enthusiasm about embarking a new and exciting chapter of his football career.
“It (the lockout) is a bummer in this whole process,” Guy said. “But now I have more time to train and be better technically and physically than I am right now. So when I get to the team I will be a better player and just move forward and prepare for what I need to.
“If they call me right now and said that the lockout is over I’ll be packed in five minutes and be ready to fly out there.”