Cornerback Kevin Barnes, whom the Redskins picked in the third round, is, like most corners, very confident. As Barnes showed by perfectly summing up his competition at corner in Ashburn, he does his homework.
“I know they re-signed DeAngelo [Hall],” Barnes said. “I know Carlos [Rogers] is in the last year of his deal. [Fred] Smoot’s getting a little bit older. I’m ready to get in there and compete as soon as possible, try to have an immediate impact. I feel like I can compete with anybody. I’m a big corner, but I also move like a smaller guy. I can compete with the big receivers and move with the smaller receivers, too.”
Barnes, who likes to watch cornerbacks Asante Samuel of the Eagles and Champ Bailey of the Broncos (an ex-Redskin), also praised the Chargers’ Antonio Cromartie.
Barnes expected to be drafted anytime from late in the second round to midway through the third after missing the Terps’ final six games with a fractured left shoulder blade suffered while forcing a fumble against Wake Forest on Oct. 18.
“I was initially panicking [because the original diagnosis was that he would miss five or six months] and I wouldn’t be able to compete at the combine,” Barnes said. “But I went and got the second opinion and he told me two or three months. And I’ve always been a fast healer.”
The 22-year-old Barnes, who grew up rooting for the Cowboys, was politically correct talking about his new team, properly terming the Redskins “a passionate” organization, not an accomplished one.
The son of a Park Police officer and another government employee, Barnes graduated from Old Mill High School in Glen Burnie, Md. where he won the state high jump title. He has a sociology degree from Maryland.
— David Elfin