Whitehurst Confident in NFL Ability

CLEMSON – As the most exciting, anticipated and worrisome weekend of his football life approaches, former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is playing it about as cool as he possibly can. Of course, that's the way he handled his entire career with the Tigers.

Whitehurst said he's been boating and playing golf when not undergoing intensive interview sessions with NFL teams. He's trying to enjoy the moment rather than stress about it.

"I'm glad that it's almost over … not that it hasn't been a lot of fun," Whitehurst said Wednesday afternoon. "It has been as relaxing, as funny as it sounds, the last four months in my life. I'm just anxious and curious to see where it's going to be now."

Unlike his former teammate in Tye Hill, who is considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in this weekend's draft, Whitehurst's not sitting around and watching every single NFL draft special on television or paying close attention to what "NFL Draft Guru" Mel Kiper, Jr. says.

"I'm not sure he knows what he's talking about, anyway," Whitehurst said. "Honestly, people in the know tell me that he doesn't know. I don't know if he likes me or not. I hadn't paid a lot of attention to it."

Kiper, like a couple of other draft boards, have Furman's Ingle Martin rated higher than Whitehurst. And while that may be the case, there are still plenty of teams that would like to have Whitehurst on their roster next year.

"I'd probably be able to say that there's five to eight teams that I think it will be, but if you do slip, then it's wide open," Whitehurst said. "But of course, I want it to happen sooner rather than later."

One reason why some feel Whitehurst's stock may be slipping is due to his shoulder, which was operated on prior to the team's bowl game. But he doesn't believe that's an issue any more.

"I tell them it's getting close to 100 percent, which is the truth," he said. "It's taken longer (to recover) than I wanted it to. I thought in two months that I'd be back to where it was."

Another aspect in which there have been questions is Whitehurst's ability to make the right decision at the right time.

"I think I've dispelled that through these interviews," he said. "Two years ago when my numbers were bad, I think there were reasons for that and I was one of those reasons. But we just weren't good on offense and I won't get into specifics. I think people understand what went on there. …

"I know I can play and there's people out there that know I can play."

Whitehurst has drawn significant interest from many teams in the NFL during the last months, including Baltimore (visit), Minnesota (visit), the New York Jets (workout) and the Miami Dolphins. He also met with the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs at the Senior Bowl, as well as the Dallas Cowboys at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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