Before They Were Pros: CB Xavier Rhodes

Xavier Rhodes had a strong showing at offseason practices, but even before he was a Vikings CB he said he was "not a typical corner." See what else he had to say at the NFL Scouting Combine.

On his ability to play corner and safety …
"I feel comfortable. I'm a big corner. I can use that to my advantage. In a couple of years when I'm done playing corner, I can play safety. I'm just a corner right now. Until I get to a team and get a few years there, whatever they want me to do then, I'll do.

On what he brings to a team …
"Passion to the game. I love to play the game and I'm aggressive. And to win. I love to win. I have set goals at every stage of my life. High school, I wanted to go to the state championship. College, nationals. NFL I want to go to the Super Bowl like everybody else. But I'm going to work hard and make sure I get there."

On his strengths …
"My strength is my size and my physicality. Speed, height. People say I'm not a typical corner, basically. My weaknesses are like any other corner. Just need to work on my technique. You can't perfect corner. It's a hard position to play so I'm just going to work on my technique."

On why he's not a ‘typical corner' …
"Height, size, weight, speed, all the measureables."

On teams playing more press coverage in NFL …
"At Florida State that's all we played was just press on defense. Going to the NFL and seeing teams do a lot of press, I feel good doing it. I have to work on off coverage ‘cause you can't press every down, every play."

On his ability to support against the running game …
"I like to come down and set the edge, make the tackles and stuff like that."

Oh now Terrell Buckley, the former Florida State cornerback, helped him …
"He helped me out a lot. He took me to the side and helped me out with my technique and let me know what I need to look for in a corner; being a receiver and the things they do, their tendencies. Coming from receiver to corner is a hard transition. You're running forward backwards instead of forward. It was real hard for me to transition at first."

On when he became comfortable with the switch from receiver to cornerback …
"Six months into my freshman year. Started to get good after awhile. I kept getting rep after rep after rep."

On how many teams he had talked with at the start of his time at the NFL Scouting Combine …
"It's not happening yet."

On where he fits into the cornerback mix among the other top prospects …
"(Laughing) You trying get something going, huh? Of course I'm going to say I'm the best. If I don't have confidence in myself no one else will. I feel like I'm the best here right now. I meet all the measureables: big, strong, fast, physical. I feel like I'm the best here."

On who he compares to at the NFL level …
"Skill set, I played with Patrick Robinson from Florida State. He taught me some stuff, so I'll say Patrick Robinson."

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