The Philadelphia Eagles knew they were getting a gritty young player in Derek Barnett when they chose him with the 14th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Barnett made it a point to let it be known that he valued all of the offseason work that it took to prepare for the NFL Combine and his Pro Day at Tennessee.
He told SEC Country that his mind was right.
“Since the end of the season, I’ve been training getting ready for this event and doing a lot of speed work,” Barnett said. “I need to open up my pass rush moves even more. Every great pass rusher has that one go-to move.”
He was enthusiastic when describing what kind of person he is.
“I think you’re gonna get a tough player, very competitive, hard-nosed,” Barnett said, asked what the team who selects him in the NFL draft will get. “If you look back over my past few years I’m a consistent ball player.”
Consistency is what the Eagles need. The all-time sack leader for the Vols racked up impressive college numbers.
His 198 tackles, 32 sacks and 52 tackles for a loss over three years proved that Barnett is a beast. The SEC is the closest thing that that the NCAA has to the NFL and Barnett dominated at that level.
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