Burnett Talks with The Ranch Report

The Ranch Report's Brett Jensen got a chance to speak to outside linebacker Kevin Burnett, the second-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, in an exclusive interview a couple of hours after he was selected with the 42nd overall pick.

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Some people had you projected to go lower than the second round, where you a little surprised that you went as high as you did?
Burnett: "I knew I was going to get drafted (Saturday). I just didn't know where. You hear different things, but it's all speculation. I just took it with a grain of salt. But I'm glad to be a Cowboy now."

Who was it that told you that you were now a member of the Dallas Cowboys?
Burnett: "Jerry Jones called me first and then soon after that I spoke to Coach Parcells. They said that they were drafting me for a reason and were expecting me to play."

Burnett was a three-year starter and All-Conference selection who posted 120/6/1 as a senior.
Talk about what playing linebacker at Tennessee, which has produced top-notch linebackers the last six or seven years, did to prepare you for playing at the next level.
Burnett: "Well, the first thing is that it's a professional type program. Everything is structured on what you have to do, but it's pretty much left up to you to put the pieces into place. You have to handle your business and you have to maintain your level of professionalism at all times."

If you had your way, what would be the perfect season or you next year as a rookie?
Burnett: "Just to go in and win. Win as a rookie and go out there and compete for a Super Bowl. That's ideal for me. Everything else becomes secondary."

What are your tangibles? What is it that you bring to the table? What should Cowboy fans know about you?
Burnett: "My biggest intangible is my heart, my work ethic. Those are things that you can't measure. I'm going to go out there and give you what I have every day, day-in and day-out, whether I can walk or I can't walk. I'm going to give you what I have. And if I don't have it, I'll get it."

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