Kendric Burney Tackles Tough Questions

No player has earned more money this week than North Carolina CB Kendric Burney. He showed incredible quickness and anticipation, intercepting a handful of passes and breaking up several others. The Senior Bowl was more than a talent showcase for Burney; it was a time to answer tough questions.

Kendric Burney came to the Senior Bowl to answer questions. On the field, he was trying to avoid being typecast despite his smaller size (5-foot-9, 190 pounds).

"I can lock down and play man coverage," he said. "I can play any type of coverage. When I came in here everyone thought I was just a zone corner or a cover-two corner. I've shown I can play man as well."

The Senior Bowl provided a perfect showcase for Burney to flash his man-coverage skills. Several drills placed him on an island with the nation's top receivers and more often than not he came out on the winning end.

His zone skills were on display, too, as he picked off a pair of passes in scrimmages on Thursday, including one in the red zone.

CB Kendric Burney
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While he was making a statement on the field, he was fielding some tough questions off of it. Coaches and scouts wanted to ask him about a suspension he endured as a senior, when he had to sit out the first six games after it was determined he received illegal preferential treatment from agents. The violations allegedly occurred on trips to Atlanta, Las Vegas and California.

Burney still proclaims his innocence and was eager to tell his story to the NFL representatives at the Senior Bowl.

"It was great to talk to the scouts and talk to them about what happened," he said. "It's helping me out and getting my true character out there."

Burney is saying all the right things, but it is his play on the field that speaks the loudest. He has outshined every other defensive back here in Mobile, Ala., and has displayed an incredible knack for being around the football.

Most importantly, he has been consistent from drill to drill, practice to practice.

"I believe if I can be consistent throughout the week my life can change," he said. "So far, everything's been working out for the best and I'm happy."

He hopes to change not just his life, but the fortunes of one lucky NFL team. He will be an instant contributor as a rookie, playing in sub packages and on special teams while he works his way into a larger role.

"I'll play on any special teams they want," he said. "If I have to go down and break up a wedge, I may not dive to the top but I'll go to the bottom. I'll do anything possible to make a team."

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