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Tennessee S Eric Berry Says He Knows Buccaneers Playbook

Posted Feb 26, 2010 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Feb 26, 2010 at 04:08 PM

Tennessee S Eric Berry has been rated by some draft experts as the best athlete in this year’s draft and projected to be selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay owns the No.3 selection in April’s draft and Berry is viewed as a player who can instantly improve Raheem Morris’ secondary. He has been compared to all the current elite NFL safeties and is not expected to make it past the fifth overall selection.

Berry spoke with Berry WCNN in Atlanta today and said if Tampa Bay did select him, it would be a plus because he already knows the playbook.

Here is the link to that interview Eric Berry On WCNN

Below is the transcript of that interview:

What he is doing to prepare himself for the NFL Draft:

“I kind of just have been having to pinch myself every now and then.  This is something that I have been waiting for all of my life.  So you just kind of feel like you are dreaming.  Once you snap back in you get back to work and just start working and trying to get better and better.”

On the defensive backs performing last at the Combine:

“Yeah man.  They have got to look and think about it.  They have us sitting around.  I feel like Tuesday, that is the time that we have to shine.  I feel like Tony Villani, who has been down here training me, has done a great job getting me ready to perform.”

What he is looking forward to the most at the Combine:

“I am really looking forward to sitting down and talking to the NFL guys, the GM’s that make the decisions and really showing them how much I really know about football and show them what I can bring to the table.  Once I finish up with these interviews hopefully they will have me on their board.  Who ever it is.”

What he thinks he can improve on to make his stock rise even higher:

“Really I just feel like if I sit down to talk with the coaches and the GM’s and show them on the board and draw up our defense and what we ran and draw up some of their defenses and what they ran and show them my knowledge of the game.  Obviously there is going to be different techniques in the NFL, I feel like I will learn that with some time.  As far as coaches and people making decisions and getting to know me as a person I feel like I will be able to sell myself pretty well.”

Some of the things he learned from Monte Kiffin:

“One of the biggest things that I learned from Monte was actually getting into the mind of defensive coordinators.  When we are in meetings and things like that he doesn’t tell you the play that he is calling.  He actually tells you why he called the play and what situations he is going to call it so you can actually get in the mind of a defensive coordinator and you kind of see yourself anticipating what he going to call on third and short or second and long and things like that.  I think that is what he taught me the most probably.”

Whether he pays any attention to the mock drafts:

“A little bit, but not really getting into that.  Really focused on getting down here and this weekend and talking to the coaches and seeing what they really have to say.  A lot of the mock draft stuff could be true or couldn’t be true so I really stay out of that and really try to get it from the direct source.  Obviously if I do go to Tampa, I know their whole playbook so that would be a plus.  If I just take care of what I need to take care of and get ready to play someone is going to have to get me.”

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