Name: Joshua Burris
School: SUNY Maritime College
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My first goal was to have the best team to come out of Maritime. Secondly, I wanted to be better on run support to help my teammates in the run game. I know I can’t cover all day, but I wanted to elevate my game as a complete cornerback that can cover and tackle.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Fast, Physical, and Swag!
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I will be training at Limitless Performance in Covington, Louisiana under the leadership of Kenny Reeves. Limitless has the best equipment and recovery center in the state of Louisiana. Cytogenetics and massage therapy after every session is key especially when you are training hard. Also, I will change my nutrition and eating habits to prepare my body to perform at my best. Flexibility is major in my training. I also plan on doing yoga twice a day.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When I’m watching film on myself, I try to detect every bad thing I did wrong. I may watch a play 10 to 12 times to critique every part of the play from my alignment to my stance. Back pedal and breaks. How fast I am reading my keys, so the next practice or game the corrections become perfection. Now, when I’m watching film on my opponent I watch every good things he does. So on game day, I can minimize or stop every good thing he does. If he’s fast, I try to be physical at the line to slow him down and if he is a bigger guy, I use my footwork and technique to beat him to certain spots.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
Definitely my off-season being around NFL veterans such as JJ McCleskey, who played 8 years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona cardinals. His advice helped develop my man on man technique which helped me in college and taught me how to use my athleticism on the football field. Also, Hall Of Fame Aeneas Williams who I met through JJ McCleskey. Aeneas changed my philosophy about cornerback. He also taught me how to have a work ethic like no one else.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
One strength I can bring to a team is my leadership ability and my energy in a locker room. Also, I can be a game changer on the field with my efforts of getting to the football. Hustling to the football gets you blessed, so I try to be around the football as much as possible.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I have that ability to come into a franchise and change the culture with my competitiveness, motivation, and my desire to be better every day! My consistency of play each week gets better that allows my confidence to unravel through the season. And lastly, my strength to do my job on every assignment to the best of my ability.