Glenn Clark of WNST Radio in Baltimore interviewed Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict.
One of the most potent stories leading up to the draft, Burfict was projected as a first round pick before the 2011 season. After a season marked with worrisome mental errors, he had fallen into second day projections. After his showing at the combine, he has fallen into late-round projections, and there’s a decent possibility that he could even go undrafted.
Burfict addressed his on field short temper, claimed that he was working hard to prepare physically, and voiced his willingness to join the AFL or return to school if he were to go undrafted. He also contended that he is very coachable, despite contrary reports, and that his frustration comes out of a desire to win.
His relatively respectable answers in this interview show that Burfict’s learned a bit about how not to respond to criticism (he blamed his 2011 coaches when he showed up ill-prepared for the combine). Name-recognition and a low rate of success for late round draft picks may see someone take a chance on the hard-hitting LB in late rounds, but the leash would be incredibly short and it’s unclear that a quick path to the NFL would even be in the best interest of the young athlete.