INDIANAPOLIS – Most players at the NFL scouting combine have been reluctant to proclaim themselves the most talented player in this year’s draft class.
Not Eric Berry.
Asked that question Sunday, the safety from Tennessee didn’t hesitate before offering, “I believe I am.”
And he said it in a no-brag, just-fact kind of way.
Good enough to go to the St. Louis Rams with the first pick overall? “It is a goal,” Berry said.
Berry also will participate in all the drills at the combine, another rarity.
“Of course I’m working out,” he said. “It’s the combine. It’s not a fashion show.”
Berry should be NFL-ready, since he not only played for long-time NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin last season, but played multiple positions in Kiffin’s Cover-2 scheme – free safety, strong safety, nickel cornerback, true corner, even linebacker.
What advice did Kiffin give Berry about entering the draft after his junior season?
“Monte told me that I would be a fool to come back,” Berry said.