Are you excited?
“Oh man, I can't believe it. It's a dream come true. You talk about a team that throughout this process just talking with Coach (Dan) Campbell, (I can’t wait) to get up there to the facility and meeting the coaching staff. It felt like home as soon as I came down there (on a pre-draft visit). I am going to take full responsibility and full advantage of this opportunity and I can't wait. I can't wait. I am so happy. I am so thankful. I just want to thank the Saints organization, Coach Payton, and the rest of the organization for taking a chance on me. They definitely will not regret it. A hundred percent.”
You took a visit here, what were your impressions?
“I loved it. It felt like home honestly. Just walking around the facility and being around the coaches. Being able to watch film with Coach (Dan) Campbell and just to talk with Coach (Sean) Payton. I loved it. Just being able to see the city. It just felt like home. It is an entirely different offense and what they bring to the table and just Drew Brees, one of the greatest quarterbacks all the time. One of the greatest quarterbacks in the league, if not the best. What an honor to be able to have an opportunity to be on the same team as him along with the rest of the weapons they have got. I am just at a loss of words right now.”
You said Dan Campbell came to work you out in South Bend too?
“No, he did not.”
Did they reach out to you before the pick to let you know that they might be taking you?
“Yes, they did.”
What did they say?
“I got a call right before. I’ll tell you what, it was something I definitely didn't see coming. I just broke down in tears. Just be able to see my mom cry and to be able to see just how proud my family is. This is something you dream about since you were a little kid. Just to be able to have a chance to step foot in the National Football League, it's an honor man.”
First things first, how do we pronounce your name?
“Alizé.” (pronounced al-Lih-zaye)
Have you been getting jokes about that since you've been a kid?
“I do have one of the most interesting names.”
What do you think you can add to the offense here?
“A weapon. You’re going to get a guy who can do it all. A guy who can line up in line, but a guy who can line up on the outside and be a mismatch problem vertically down the field. A guy who can be a huge red zone threat. More so than that, you’re going to get a dude who will come to work every single day. Regardless of what’s going on, I’m going to come in every single day ready to go and ready to compete, no doubt.”
How much have you kept up with the tight end situation with the Saints?
“Quite a bit. I know that you guys just got (Jared) Cook from the Raiders. He’s a big-time baller, (and) a vet. A dude that I definitely look forward to talking to, getting to know, and being able to pick his brain. Just to be able to learn behind him, along with the rest of the guys out there on that offense. To learn how I can come in and make an immediate impact to be able to help the team in any way, shape, or form.”
What did you enjoy about your interaction with (Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach) Dan Campbell?
“Genuine, real. I had the chance to sit down and have a meeting with him at the Combine, (it was) a formal meeting. I loved him. I got a chance to get up on the board with him and talk some football to see how well I retain information and see how well I understand the game and scheme, and what’s going on. I love what he presented to me in terms of how I’ll be used on offense. Just understanding how much of a guru Coach Payton is, it’s an honor, there is no better coach to be able to play underneath.”
Where are you right now?
“I am in Las Vegas at home.”
How many people do you have at the party?
“It’s just my mom, dad, sister, and grandmother.”
Going into this, did you think you would be drafted earlier or did you think you might have to wait?
“No, I did. I definitely thought I’d be drafted. I didn’t think that it would get down to this point, but at the end of the day, I am just thankful for this opportunity. It’s not about where I go, it’s about what I do when I get there. You best believe I am going to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
How tough was it having to wait so long?
“It was tough. It was very tough. It’s definitely one of the most stressful times of your life. But more than anything you just have to keep faith. Just to be able to be a part of this organization, I’m at a loss for words right now, it still hasn’t even hit me yet. It hasn’t even hit me.”