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Q & A: Bears add Georiga DE Cornelius Washington

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The Bears grabbed defensive end with pass-rushing potential in the sixth round, selecting Georgia's Cornelius Washington with 188th selection. Here's what Washington said about the Bears' plans for him:

On falling to the sixth round in the draft: "I'm a little bit discouraged but the call came and that's the most important thing. Now I'm just ready to go out there and be a Chicago Bear and contribute to that team as much as I possibly can."

On if he sees himself as a defensive end in the NFL: "Yes, Chicago wants me to play defensive end and I'm very happy with that. I'm very comfortable with the position. It's actually a position that I was recruited to play in college and I'm happy with it. I'm going to have the ability to just go and rush and that's the best thing for me so I'm excited. I'm elated and I'm ready to play."

On why he thinks he fell in the draft process: "There was nothing that I was made aware of. Me and my agent both were - still are shocked. I have no idea what was going on. But you know, I've got an opportunity and that's the most important thing. You know you turn something that's mildly negative into a positive and it's still a blessing. I'm blessed to be able to go to Chicago. I'm blessed to even get drafted at all. So I'm not bitter, just ready to get to work."

On how much time he spent as a lineman at Georgia: "We played in our sub-package probably 60-65 percent of the time and I played the D-end spot in our sub-package so most of the time I did have my hand down rushing the passer like that. So it's nothing that I'm not used to. It's something that I'm comfortable with doing and I'm good at it."

On what he heard from the Bears in the draft process: "I didn't hear much from them at all to be honest with you, it was a surprise to me but a very nice surprise. I'm just ready, I'm just ready to get going."

On his knowledge of the Bears defense: "Not too much but I'm ready to get out there and learn. Learn as much as I possibly can and get ready to go."

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