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Kevin Barnes Notable Quotables

Apr 26, 2009, 1:09 PM EST

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On how excited he is to be a Washington Redskin:

“I love the area, being that I played right down the street. My mom’s not too far away. It’s really an honor to play for such a passionate organization. So, I am very proud to be a Redskin right now.”

 

On if he had any indication he would be chosen early today:

“I wasn’t sure. They said late second, early-to-mid third, so I was just sitting there waiting and then Washington picked me. They called me right before it came across the screen. Here I am now.”

 

On his reaction when the Washington Redskins called:

“I saw the number and it wasn’t stored in my phone so I knew it had to be something good. I was pretty much speechless. I wasn’t really expecting them to pick me. I hadn’t really talked to them too much in the process. From what I’ve talked to my former teammates, that’s how it usually happens. The team that you don’t really talk to the most has the most interest in you.”

 

On what he knows about the Redskins situation at cornerback:

“I know they signed DeAngelo (Hall). I know Carlos (Rogers) is on the last year of his deal. (Fred) Smoot, he’s getting a little bit older. I’m ready to get in there and compete as soon as possible. I’m trying to have an immediate impact.”

 

On what he does well at the cornerback position:

“I feel like I compete with anybody. I’m a big corner, but I also move like a smaller guy. It’s not like I’m a big guy who is a very long-strider, not very quick. I am very quick also. So I feel like, being a big corner, I can compete with the big receivers and move with the smaller receivers too. Having a great set of receivers on the team it helped me more in practice just getting reps with them.”

 

On the injury to his shoulder last season:

“I was going for a hit and just got hit in an awkward part of my shoulder, the back of my shoulder. It was diagnosed as a fracture in my shoulder blade. They inserted a pin in. I think this happened the second week of October and I had the surgery the last weekend of October and I’ve just been rehabbing. Actually, by the time we were practicing for our bowl, because we played our bowl in Boise, I was actually practicing again, but they weighed my options and said, ‘It would probably be best for you to not play in this game because your career is on the line. We don’t want you to get hurt again.’ I’ve been healthy for a while now.”

 

On if the pin is still in his shoulder:

“Yeah, it’s real small. It’s nothing that is going to affect me at all. I’ve been checked out by several doctors. Everything will be fine. I will be back to normal.”

 

On if he was worried about his future when the shoulder injury occurred:

“I had to weigh my options. The initial doctor told me I would be out five to six months and when I heard that I was initially panicking a little bit because I realized if I was out five to six months I wouldn’t be able to compete in the combine or anything. I went and got a second opinion and he told me two to three months. I’ve always been a fast healer, throughout my whole life, so I personally took a few weeks off that myself because I knew I was going to rehab hard and just naturally a good healer. I’m not going to regret anything. My last hit, even though I got hurt, I caused the guy to fumble. I have to look at it that way, put a smile on my face.”

 

On if he thinks his injury caused him to drop in the draft:

“Any injury I feel definitely causes a drop in the draft a little bit. Sometimes you fall into the right place and I feel like I fell right into the right situation, the best situation for me.”

 

On if he has talked with former Terrapin Stephon Heyer:

“I see him around every once in a while, but I am pretty sure we will hang out a lot more now that I am a part of the family. He’s a great guy.”

 

On what he thinks about the Washington Redskins:

“I definitely know that they are one of the most passionate organizations, if not the most passionate, in the NFL. They go out there and they look for the best talent. They are great evaluators of talent and they do whatever it takes to get a winning team. I really feel like with the new coaching staff that came in last year they are on the right track. I just hope to be the last part to that puzzle.”

 

On which NFL team he grew up rooting for:

“See now, that’s a funny question because I grew up partly in North Carolina, because my parents are in the military. The Carolina Panthers weren’t in North Carolina at that time, so my family was actually Cowboys fans. So I actually grew up a Cowboys fan for a while, but the more I got into football, the more I started appreciating good teams and good players. Initially, the first team I liked was the Cowboys, so how ironic that I would go to the Redskins, but I love to be a Redskin. I’ve been telling people that for months because everybody was telling me, ‘You’re going to the Redskins.’ I was like, ‘Hey, I love the area, so, I would definitely love to be a part of it.”

 

On if his parents are still in the military:

“No, they are both government employees in D.C., so they are nearby. My mom, she works for the US National Physical Disability Agency and my dad, he is a U.S. Park policeman.”

 

On what NFL players does he look up to:

“Asante Samuel, he is just a great playmaker. He is a winner. Champ Bailey, every year he is dominating. Even DeAngelo (Hall). We trained in the same place in the combine and I’ve seen all his records and how explosive he is and how physical of a player he is from watching him on TV. Not one player I would say, but I appreciate what everybody can do.”

 

On what bigger corners in the NFL does he compare to:

“Champ Bailey is about 6’1″. Antontio Cromartie from San Deigo, he is about 6’2″, 6’3″ and he moves like a cat. So I definitely watch his game. He is definitely a playmaker. Al Harris from Green Bay. Charles Woodson from Green Bay also. They are big corners.”

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