Interviewer Shaun DePasquale:
"Klein is everything you look for in a ‘backer, and is destined to be a future starter for the Carolina Panthers."
Perhaps DePasquale is right. Every time I look at Klein's videos on YT, I can't but help think that we got a steal on this guy in the 5th. Sure he may not look as fluid as some (just my opinion), but he is instinctual and seems to be right in the middle of the play more times than not. With a little coaching and being amidst such a talented D-line and second level, his game should naturally evolve and blossom. I hope so anyway.
Here are a few more excepts:
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and things you may need to work on?
AJ: I feel that I am a disciplined player who plays fast and aggressive, but also with great technique. I think I separate myself when it comes to studying the game and preparation. I think that I need to work on man to man coverage, mainly because at Iowa state we didn’t play many man coverage’s and when we did I was usually blitzing.
AJ: While playing at Iowa State I played in a 4-3 scheme and actually have played all three positions sam, mike, and will with most experience at sam and mike. So I think for ease of transition I think I would fit best in a 4-3 scheme, but I would definitely not be opposed to playing in a 3-4. When it comes to picking a specific position I think I could adjust and play any position because I have already been exposed to all three
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?
AJ: My greatest accomplishment will be graduating from college next spring while maintaining a high gpa. I’m most proud of being a three-time first team all big 12 academic honoree. As well as earning two time first team all big 12 athletically and DPOY in 2011 and HM DPOY in 2012
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
AJ: Jesus, because it’s Jesus. Isaac Newton because I would just like to have a conversation with him and pick his mind. That guy from Man vs. Food because everything he eats looks amazing. Plain and simple.
"Jesus, because It's Jesus"
Here's to big things from A.J.`