Philadelphia Eagles 1st-rounder Derek Barnett did it all in high school: Highlights
NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles pick Derek Barnett talks Reggie White, pro career
Most first-round NFL draft picks dwarfed the competition during their high school careers, and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett is far from an exception.
Several years before the Birds took Barnett No. 14 overall out of Tennessee on Thursday, the edge rusher was starring for Brentwood Academy, a private school a few miles south of downtown Nashville. Barnett made his name pressuring quarterbacks, but he also shined on offense as a tight end.
And at one point, he returned a punt for a touchdown.
We talked last week with Cody White, Barnett’s coach for his final two years at Brentwood, who said the new Eagles defender once played through a state semifinal game with a broken hand. Today, we’ll just let you watch Barnett’s high school highlights, courtesy of Hudl.
During a good chunk of this video, Barnett showcases the skills that eventually landed him in Philadelphia: his quick first step, strength at the line of scrimmage and tenacity on longer plays. But none of this suggests he’ll be able to dominate, or even hold his own, at the NFL level.
The video is more fun than predictive, with Barnett walloping unsuspecting opponents or flinging quarterbacks down. Here’s a quick list of moments not to miss:
0:35 – Barnett makes a catch just across midfield and breaks three tackles en route to the end zone.
1:42 – Barnett tracks a tipped punt, field it and sprint into the end zone
2:04 – Barnett hurdles a blocker en route to a sack
2:12 – Barnett levels a vicious block that lifts an opposing defender off his feet
2:54 – Barnett sprints across the line of scrimmage for a backside tackle for loss
3:30 – Barnett brushes past an offensive tackle for a sack
3:59 – Barnett runs down a quarterback 40 yards past the line of scrimmage