The Panthers hope Barnes’ speed will translate into a football field | Green Bay Packers and the NFL

By Steve Reed – AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, NC (AFP) – Calon “Boogie” Barnes is a stovetop.

The biggest question facing the Carolina Panthers’ rookie is whether his outstanding speed translates to a successful career in the NFL.

Barnes ran a 4.23 40-yard dash in the NFL Scouting Association in February — the fastest time ever recorded by a defensive back since the NFL Network began broadcasting the event in 2003. It’s also the second-fastest overall, one-hundredth of second behind Wide receiver John Ross, who set the record (4.22) in 2017.

Of course, speed doesn’t always mean a long career at the NFL level.

Barnes, being a seventh-round pick, still has some technical issues to serve as a corner back and will likely have a special place as a special team player before becoming a full-time defender.

But don’t confuse him with being another track athlete trying to make him a footballer. He has been playing football since he was five years old and was a four star recruit as a wide receiver who graduated from high school.

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“Football is his first love,” said Panthers coach Matt Roll. “…He’s a soccer kid who happens to be really fast.”

Barnes, a two-time high school Texan champion in the 100 and 200 meters, once turned down a six-figure deal to run a professional track so he could play for the Rhule’s Baylor Bears on a soccer scholarship.

His goal has always been to play football, not to be a runner.

Barnes said: “My dad went through the same process and was like, ‘Why would you take this (track) deal when you can get paid on an annual basis from playing football?

The Panthers picked Barnes’ 242nd overall, one of several late picks that general manager Scott Fetterer called an “eccentric athlete.”

It is not given that Barnes will make the 53-man Panthers roster, as the crowded rear-corner depth chart includes former first-round draft picker Jaycee Horn, CJ Henderson and Donte Jackson in the second round. The team also features prominently in the ranks of Keith Taylor, who emerged as a rookie last season.

But Barnes has one advantage on his side that may not – he’s played one season with Rhule, who knows his potential.

Barnes went to Baylor as a wide receiver but moved to full-back after the Bears struggled with high school injuries. He ended up starting 10 games for Cornerback last season, recording 23 tackles, five breakout passes, interceptions and a faltering comeback.

Rolle said Barnes has a “football mentality”. He remembers being hit in a double action against a big 12 opponent, then regrouping and using his “unique catch-up speed” to race the wide receiver and smash a deep ball He also remembers his strength, once playing through a broken toe and running 10.4 in the 100m in The racetrack is just hours after his full contact soccer practice.

Nicknamed “Boogie” by his parents because he loved dancing when he was a young boy, Barnes still has to “clean up some technical stuff” in defense, according to Rhule.

“We are really deep in high school,” said Rolle. “There will be a lot of big fights there. He will have to use his speed and physical ability in special teams.”

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