Name: Andrew Barker
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I had set multiple personal and team goals before my senior season. I wanted to be in the best shape I could be in along with running the fastest 40 yd dash I’ve ever had (4.47). I also aimed to be an All-OAC receiver (2nd Team All-OAC).
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My teammates and coaches have and would describe me as a playmaker and a leader by example. I’ve never been the outspoken leader, but always filled the role of leader on the field as well as examples during games and practices.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
I focus most of my film studying on my techniques including footwork and hands as well as effort. I ask myself a lot what I could’ve done better to make a bigger play or give my team another option.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My specific build as a WR is the first thing that separates me. As a 6’3 214lb WR, most people would think I’m slower than most and stuff running. However, I ran a 4.48 and a 4.47 in back to back years entering fall camp. This allows me to be a target underneath as well as a long-ball target down the field. Another thing that separates me from others in any position is my eagerness to learn and become the best I can be. I still believe I have a lot of talent I have not uncovered yet and I’m always looking forward to the chance to prove it to myself and others.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Once I become healthy after injuries during the season, getting back into full shape and strength is the first target. Once I am well enough, speed and agility are the next focus, working on route running as well as releases and starts.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I always pride myself on a great mindset on and off the field including the weight room. I always look forward to opportunities to compete for positions as well as against all opponents.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
Taking a chance on a WR with my attributes and stats may not be ideal, however, signing a mature, 4 year starter with eagerness to learn and compete on and off the field everyday is something that doesn’t come everyday. With someone out there believing in my capabilities, my work ethic and mindset will not be unmatched.