PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a number of ‘sure sir, no sir’ to Eagles’ 2017 first-spherical draft Derek Barnett, and that got here out when Barnett met the Philadelphia media on Friday for the primary time.
Barnett, a 6-foot-three, 259-pound Tennessee defensive finish, doesn’t need to wait behind anybody. His intention is to return in and begin now.
“I’m not going to take a seat again and wait my flip, however I’m going to return in and study my position first and get round these vets and study what I’ve to do first to get on the sector,” stated Barnett, who broke Reggie White’s profession sack report with the Vols with 33 profession sacks. “Me being a primary-spherical decide doesn’t imply something. It doesn’t assure me a spot. I nonetheless have to return in and work and achieve respect first.”
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Barnett, 20, made an early impression at Tennessee. He had 10 sacks his freshman yr for the Vols.
“Coming in freshman yr, I used to be simply enjoying,” Barnett stated. “I actually simply got here in and advised myself I used to be going to play onerous each down, after which from my freshman to junior yr the sport slowed down for me, and I simply acquired higher as a ball participant mentally.
“Immediately I awoke, came to visit to the stadium, toured the stadium, then got here to the power, met the coaches, and today has been enjoyable for me. I’ve loved myself. I can’t wait till we begin rookie camp and get round ball some extra.”
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Joe Douglas, vice chairman of participant personnel, and Howie Roseman, the Eagles government vice chairman of soccer operations, have been very excessive on Barnett, who believes he nonetheless has areas to enhance.
“My eye self-discipline,” Barnett stated. “Typically I wish to put my eyes within the backfield too quick earlier than defeating my block, so I feel I have to proceed to work on my eye self-discipline. Specializing in my work, ensuring I’m beating my block, so if I’m going towards a decent finish, ensuring I’m beating him first earlier than I put my eyes within the backfield.”
When requested about compensating for the shortage of athleticism in comparison with another defensive ends, Barnett stated, “I feel my get-off is fairly good, and I can bend nicely. However I feel mentally that’s the place I separate just a little bit. Getting ready for a recreation, and lots of people don’t see that, however you must put together for a recreation so you’ll be able to go in and dominate.”