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Quotebook: Top Defensive Back Prospects

Posted Feb 24, 2014

See what the top defensive back prospects had to say in their media availabilities.

Here are a handful of quotes from some of the top defensive back prospects here at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Nat Berhe (S)– San Diego State

On overcoming his height…

“In 51 games of my career I never turned down anything. My height has never been an issue, my size has never been an issue. I don’t think it will be an issue at the next level either.”

On how many touchdowns he’s given up…

“This year? None.  (In m career) two.

On what’s important about the next level…

“I think what needs to be done is studying the playbook. Lot of guys get caught up in the physical aspect of it, but football is mental, it’s a mental game."

Justin Gilbert (CB)– Oklahoma St.

On what makes him the best CB in the draft…

“Dedication to the game and the work that I put in day in and day out off the field, watching film, making guys around me better, the younger guys when I was Oklahoma St. always talking to them and bringing them in and watching film.”

On what he’s working on…

“My transition coming out of my breaks and backpedalling. I was a terrible backpedaller, especially when I first got there because I was a quarterback in high school. So defensive back was new to me. Being a good backpedaller and fluid with my hips was a big key.”

On being a cornerback with size…

“You have to be able to use great technique. Because a guy like me you I have long legs, short torso. So it's kind of hard for me to get my hips down and turn around and all that. But the more you work at it, the better you get at it.”

 Marcus Roberson  (CB)– Florida

On what he wants to show at the Combine…

“Just my hips, ball skills and my athleticism in general.”

On who he patterns his game after…

“I’d say Richard Sherman  and Revis.  As far as Richard Sherman’s length and able to bump-and-run and play the ball down the field, Revis being the lockdown corner.”

On his biggest strides this year…

“Just working on technique overall, and just locking in more in the film room, things like that. Becoming an overall better cover corner.”

Bradley Roby (CB)– Ohio State

On if he is convinced he can be a shutdown corner in the NFL…

“Yes, definitely. I think that’s something I bring to the table to any team and I plan to show that to whatever team drafts me.”

On people questioning him for sitting out Orange Bowl with injuries…

“That was very frustrating. I had an injury where I couldn’t play. A lot of people decided they wanted to make up things, saying this or that. At the end of the day everybody is entitled to their own opinions, they can believe what they want to believe. At the end of the day I just couldn’t get back. I look forward to opportunities like that and the fact I couldn’t end my career in a game of that caliber kind of hurt me.”

On his decision to turn pro after junior year…

“You don’t come out until you know you’re ready mentally and physically. If you’re coming out just for the money, sometimes your situation you have to, you’re family situation and things like that. That’s not a factor in my situation. I wanted to leave when I felt like I was mentally and physically ready for the NFL. Maybe the contracts yes, you’re not getting as much money in the first rounds and in the early rounds like you were. So that’s an incentive to go ahead and get out there.”

Vinnie Sunseri (S)– Alabama

On being the son of a coach…

“A lot of kids are playing with coloring books when they're little and I was drawing plays for my dad growing up. I'd watch him study film, draw plays, study habits of certain players. That's really helped me out studying film on certain players like Johnny Manziel and other teams.”

On how much his knee injury impacted decision to turn pro…

“I felt like I produced enough during the first part of the season. I felt like I was doing really well. It was an unfortunate thing that the knee injury happened. I'm recovering very well. Got cleared by Dr. Andrews and Kevin Wilk and Dr. Cain to do my straight-ahead running and start doing my cutting stuff. I'll be able to run and do all my stuff on April 8 at my Pro Day.”

On why it’s difficult to evaluate a safety…

“You've got to evaluate the schemes they're coming from in college, evaluate what they do on certain things. A lot of people just take into consideration height, weight and certain things like that. You've got to turn on the film and see how they react to certain plays and how they conduct themselves on the football field. I feel like I've done that very well this year.”

Jason Verrett  (CB)– TCU

On overcoming his 5-9 height…

“I’ve been challenged with receivers that have been over six-foot my whole college career. I played against Odell Beckham, I played against Mike Davis, Eric Ward, Antoine Goodley.  I played against a lot of good receivers in college that were over sox foot. I feel like I’m this height for a reason, but I can compete with the best.”

On his toughness playing through injury…

“I feel like I showed toughness throughout my whole career. Being the size that I am, I’m going to have to be a lot more physical than the bigger guys. I feel like I showed that.”

On the line between being cocky and confident…

“I believe that I’m the best corner in this draft. I can draw the line right there. I’m confident in what my capabilities are on the field.”

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