Interesting Conner Barwin interview by Collin Streetman

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  1. Hottoddie

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    I like reading this stuff. It gives me a feeling as to where the player is coming from & what they feel most confident about in their games. It also puts a little intrigue into where he might end up in the draft. Could he really be drafted to play TE? Anyway, hope you enjoy it.

    http://nfldraftblitz.com/connorbarwininterview.htm

    Connor Barwin Interview
    Defensive End - Cincinnati


    By: Collin Streetman

    3/16/09


    Collin Streetman: In what ways have you changed your training and routine to prepare for the possibility of life in the NFL?

    Connor Barwin: I’ve haven’t made any drastic changes at all. When I was at the Senior Bowl, Bill Parcels told me don’t change anything and be your self. Keep doing what I’ve done my whole career, it’s what’s gotten me this far and I shouldn’t change it. I’ve always taken care of my body.


    Collin Streetman: What are you’re measurable according to you? Height, Weight, 40 time, and the number of reps at 225lbs?

    Connor Barwin:

    6’31/2”

    256 lbs

    4.66 (official time) 4.56(unofficial time)

    21 reps at 225lbs


    Collin Streetman: What intangibles can you bring to an NFL team that might not show up on tape?

    Connor Barwin: I think a lot of the intangibles do show up. I’m consistent player… My work ethic is an intangible that won’t show up on tape. I have a motor that doesn’t stop. My football IQ is great as a result of playing both offense and defense. My ability to have experience on both sides of the both allows me to know what the other players are thinking and planning.


    Collin Streetman: Some players are workout warriors, some are film-junkies, and others spend their free time on the practice field. What’s you’re favorite aspect of game preparation?

    Connor Barwin: In the regular season, I’d much rather be in the film room trying to get a handle on any tendencies of my opponent.


    Collin Streetman: What is your favorite part of playing DE?

    Connor Barwin: One on one match-ups and the ability to create plays by your self. It’s almost like you’re on an island.


    Collin Streetman: What are you keying in on as far as pre-snap reads go as a DE? What are you looking for while the QB is barking out signals?

    Connor Barwin: I’m trying to get a jump on the snap-count mainly, I want to be faster than that tackle assigned to block me. What else I look at is how much the tackle is leaning, trying to figure out what he gonna do. Is he going to try to punch block me, or is he going to fall back to intercept me.


    Collin Streetman: Do you have a signature pass rush move, or do you rely on natural ability mainly?

    Connor Barwin: I rely on my natural ability right now my ability to wear guys down is my greatest ability… my speed rush is my best move as of now.


    Collin Streetman: What teams do you feel have expressed interest in you?

    Connor Barwin: I was in buffalo, I have a trip to Jacksonville scheduled in April, and St Louis and Miami has shown interest.. NE, hasn’t shown interest, but I’ve heard they are intrigued. Denver and Tampa bay are two other teams that seem to like me as well.


    Collin Streetman: Are you stronger against the run, or the pass?

    Connor Barwin: Stronger against the pass rush. This offseason was my first full offseason of not playing basketball and I gained 15 lbs… I see myself as being able to gain 10-15 lbs in the next year or so as well.


    Collin Streetman: Versatility is crucial to making an NFL roster. Some teams have you pegged as a DE, while others see you as an OLB… where do you see yourself?

    Connor Barwin: I don’t see myself anywhere, in fact, some teams have invited me to work out as a TE, which I played my first 3 years. They want to see how I play at that position now that I’ve put on some more weight and have experience on the other side of the ball. As far as position at the next level, I think it could be anyone of those positions… I found a real passion for rushing the passer this past season though, and I have developed a love for the DE position.


    Collin Streetman: Did playing TE and learning the nuances of blocking help you as a pass rusher?

    Connor Barwin: Yeah it did… I think that playing DE will help me even more if I get moved back to TE because as a TE, blocking is a big part of the equation.


    Collin Streetman: Describe your in-game demeanor using one of the following, focused and calm, unhinged and explosive, or downright nasty.

    Connor Barwin: Haha, Downright nasty.


    Collin Streetman: What aspect of your game do you feel is strongest?

    Connor Barwin: Consistency… I don’t ever stop, and my motor never quits. Rushing the passer is my strong point defensively.


    Collin Streetman: What aspect of your game needs the most improvement?

    Connor Barwin: I think defensively my overall techniques and using my hands better is where I need to focus. As far as the TE position goes blocking interior d-linemen and keeping my head up when blocking. Improving my overall strength is a must as well.. I’m strong now, but there is still some room for improvement.


    Collin Streetman: The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach mentioned you by name in an interview as someone he thought had star potential. Did the Jaguars show a lot of interest in you at the combine as well?

    Connor Barwin: No, they didn’t. I had 14 formal meeting and I don’t believe a single one was with Jacksonville… I’ve been told it is the teams that don’t show interest in you that are most likely to draft you though. There is a lot of trickery leading up to the draft. I am going for a formal workout with Jacksonville in April though.


    Collin Streetman: Walk me through the most memorable play of you collegiate career, and how it developed?

    Connor Barwin: My first game playing Defensive and I got my first sack on a long broken play, the QB scrambled and I chased him down from behind, it was a huge confidence booster and really helped me to know that I could play the position.


    Collin Streetman: What kind of offensive linemen gives you the most trouble, big bruisers, or smaller guys with great feet and agility

    Connor Barwin: Smaller guys with agility… I can just use my speed against the big bruisers and get right around them.


    Collin Streetman: Do you have any game-day superstitions or routines you follow?

    Connor Barwin: No nothing like that… only thing I do night before the game, I write in a journal and write what I plan on doing during that game.


    Collin Streetman: How would you describe your personality and character?

    Connor Barwin: I would describe it as level headed… focused. I don’t get to high or down.. I’m a pretty even keel guy. I’m a calm, trusting person. What’s most important to me is to live up to what my parents taught me about being a man.
     
  2. threetoedpete

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    I think at this point in the process eveyopne loves this guy. I was hoping for him at the 79. With all the teams switching to a 3-4 four.....I think that is kind of a pipe dream now. Big jump to think he could start all three downs by September. But what you are buying with the guy is his gung ho attitude and what he will be three years from now.
     
  3. steelbtexan

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    As I've said before Barwin is the guy I hope we draft.

    The guy reminds me more of Jared Allen than Jason Babin.

    The ability to play DE, LB, & TE is invalueable.

    I read somewhere that he ran a 4.47 @ his pro day, which is faster than most of our WR's. Barwin's best football is ahead of him IMHO.
     
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    I've been expecting this guy to be gone by our 2nd round pick for a long time now. I'd love to pick him up if he falls.
     
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    I would draft him @ 15 and then try to trade into the bottom of the 1st rd and take Butler.

    If he can play the SAM on 1st & 2nd downs then put his hand on the ground on 3rd down this would be ideal.

    3rd & long DL would look like this

    MW AO A.Smith Barwin

    We would have a great pass rush & Butler would help solidify the secondary.

    Butler would also provide protection if Dunta leaves.
     
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    Walters football is proposing a trade down with the Iggles that I think makes sense....If the Texans also are in love with him. Kinda blows "the first two must be starters" quote out of the water though doesn't it ?
     
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    They may have a very fluid definition of the word "starter".
     
  8. steelbtexan

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    I think it's possible that Barwin could start at the SAM sometime next season.

    Since he played TE you would think he could cover the TE.
     


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    I would consider him at 15. Not thrilled, but not upset. If we could trade into the mid 20's, then hell yea.
     
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    At this point, I'm thoroughly convinced he'll go late in the first round. That's why I suggested (in another thread) that I'd be willing to do the Walter's proposed trade down with Philly, only if I felt I could bluff New England into giving up two 2nd round picks to move up to #28. Otherwise, I'm taking him at 28. While I'd love to have him on the team, two 2nd round picks would be hard to turn down. The summation of those 2 deals would mean we pick up an extra 2nd round pick in exchange for moving down 6 spots in the draft (15 to 21).
     

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