When the phone rang late on Friday night and the head coach Ron Rivera’s voice rang on the other end of the phone, Benjamin St-Juste couldn’t believe it. A few minutes later, the cornerback became the Quebecer with the most drafts in the NFL draft in 25 years and at the same time became a proud member of the Washington team.
Suddenly, he became a Quebec. The reason he first heard his name in the draft was because he defeated Tshimanga Biakabutuka in the first round of 1996.
“This is crazy! I answered the phone and it was Coach Rivera. He told me that they would choose me in two or three rows. It was strange, I felt a lot of emotions at the same time. St-Juste) said in an interview with a Quebec reporter on Saturday morning that I was in the nine-point cloud.
Even if it is a human being, even if he tries to isolate himself from the prediction in some way in the process leading to the draft, St Just hopes to get a chance in the third round, but not soon.
Last year, Washington won the 10th overall pick in the third round by replacing star Trete Williams with the 49ers. The fate of the former Cégep du Vieux-Montréal changed.
“I know it will happen that night, but the fact is so fast, I will remember this for my whole life.” I think this will happen with another team at the end of the third round, instead, it happened in the top ten. Washington in the name. It has been a while since I was interviewed in Washington, I have forgotten one thing. When they called me, it was a shock, a truly beautiful moment,” he said.
Role to be defined
At the moment, it is too early to consider what role Saint Just can play in the defense that seems to have been growing rapidly for two years. He said yesterday that after discussing with several recruiters and his position coach (Chris Harris), he risked being sent to different positions in the field.
“I think they have a specific plan for me, and hope to build on my versatility. I may not only play a cornerback. Maybe they will let me be everywhere. This is what Coach Rivera loves. Yes, versatile player,” suggested the man who was also trained as a robber during the Senior Bowl week in January.
“Since the draft, they have not told me their expectations, but I will have to have an immediate impact. They will want me to play immediately, so I will be ready,” he said.
After the first call with Ron Rivera, St-Juste didn’t have much time to decompress. In a few seconds, about 1,000 notifications caused his phone to overheat.
A virtual press conference with Washington media is waiting for him. Then, the operations director of the team talked to him to sort out technical details, such as the date of his next trip.