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texasguy346
04-07-2005, 10:50 PM
It seems like the Texans are at the very least interested in Barnes, and while surfing ESPN.com I noticed he's got a draft diary. Here's the latest excerpt:

With only a little over two weeks [left] before the NFL draft, the anticipation is mounting each day, and it doesn't help that I have so much free time to think about it. Life in Seattle these past few weeks has been rather quiet. It's been much of the same: daily workouts, finishing up school, a whole lot of trading card signing and a lot of rain.

I did actually begin the team visits process this last week. My first stop was on the West Coast, which was a quick trip for me, and the second was a nice long plane ride to the other side of the country. I thought both visits went really well. I met with coaching staffs and players, toured their facilities, watched some workouts, and got some nice meals out of the trips. As a college student, there isn't much better than a good meal. You know I couldn't turn that down.

As I toured the facilities and met with coaches and players that I have grown up watching on television, it all hit me that this is going to be my life in just a few weeks. I am going to be on someone's favorite team; I am going to have a locker next to guys I have rooted for; and these practice facilities and stadiums are going to be my "office." It's exciting just to think about. I have a feeling I will be like a kid running downstairs on Christmas morning as I drive up for that first practice full of excitement. But until then, I'm just a college kid sitting in his apartment watching reruns of "The Sopranos."

Remember those 3,000 trading cards I was telling you about? Yeah, I finished them. Finished them and sent them back. I went to the mailbox yesterday expecting to see my big check, and what did I find? None other than another familiar-looking box from Priority Sports. A box that I opened and found 700 more cards that I need to sign. I'm thinking that since it took me about a week to sign the first 3,000, I should be able to handle these by this weekend, I hope. But then again, signing these cards is probably a lot better for me than counting down the minutes until April 23.

OK, I gotta go. That's my agent on the phone. Apparently two more O-line coaches want to come in and work me out privately. It's back to work for me.


Barnes' Draft Diary (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft05/news/story?id=2032003)

wags
04-07-2005, 11:08 PM
I didn't watch the Senior Bowl, but I heard that Barnes got abused in the game. Is this true?

D-ReK
04-07-2005, 11:17 PM
I didn't watch the Senior Bowl, but I heard that Barnes got abused in the game. Is this true?

I did a quick search to find what "draftniks" were saying about Barnes' Senior Bowl performance, and this (http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/features/seniorbowl/reports/review.html) pretty much is the concensus on how well he did...

Another player who really impressed was OT Khalif Barnes of Washington, who showed tremendous athleticism and was named by numerous defensive lineman as the top blocker in attendance.

wags
04-07-2005, 11:20 PM
Is that in practice or the game? I heard he was terrible in the actual game.

D-ReK
04-07-2005, 11:33 PM
I believe it was a review of the week of practices and the actual game, but here's a testimony to two people watching the same thing, but seeing two different things...

LINK (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/seniorbowlreview.htm)

Worst Players:

Khalif Barnes, North OT- For a guy that supposedly had a nice week of practice he laid a major egg in the game. He was getting taught a serious lesson by Demarcus Ware for the majority of the day; he could barely even stop him when he deliberately held. Later on he got absolutely run over by George Gause.

Upon further review, maybe he didn't do so swell :hmmm: ...I wouldn't mind having Ware, though...