INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a Q&A with former Georgia kicker Blair Walsh.
Q: How do you handle pressure kicks?
A: I don’t think you can have that pressure when you kick field goals. I think you have to go out there and have fun and enjoy what you do. You have to be confident in your abilities, because your ability is what has gotten you here and that’s what is going to get you through it.
Q: What’s your approach to the combine?
A: It’s more about proving to them that I can be consistent and that I can do the same thing over and over again.
Q: How cool is it to have a college teammate here with you?
A: It’s awesome that I get to share this experience with one of my teammates. Drew [Butler] is a great guy and a great punter. I think he’ll succeed at the next level. I’m glad that we are going through this together.
Q: Do you all have some special focus that makes you all so good together?
A: I think our program values the kickers and punters a lot. They really know how to take care of us and get us the best help that we need, with equipment and all of that good stuff. It just [transfers] into out play.
Q: Are there any guys in the NFL who you model your game after?
A: Probably Robbie Gould. I admire everything about his style and his approach to the game. I would love to have a career similar to his.
Q: Do you watch tape of any of the guys in the NFL?
A: Absolutely, I watch tape on most of the guys. I try to pick up the little things that they do and try to incorporate them into my game. I definitely enjoy watching them.
Q: What can a kicker show here at the combine?
A: I think you can show your combination of accuracy and distance. I think that’s important here. They want to see you be consistent. They want to see you do the same thing over and over again. Because when it comes down to it, there are always going to be guys who can kick 60-yard field goals, but not many guys can do it consistently. You have to be consistent in what you do and be methodical.
Q: How are you approaching your four days here?
A: I’ve got to go out here and prove my worth and show them what I’m all about.
Q: Where did you train to prepare for the combine?
A: I’ve been training in Boca Raton, Fla. with my kicking coach. We’ve been doing intense training to make sure that I’m in the best shape of my life and making sure that my technique is fundamentally correct. I have to maintain my power and speed and all of that.
Q: Did you have to make sure that you didn’t over-kick?
A: Absolutely, you didn’t want to peak too early and come in here tired or exhausted or not ready to go. You want to make sure that you are hitting your peak when you are in front of these coaches.
Q: Are you prepared for the interview process?
A: We went through a bunch of interviews last night. I did a bunch at the East-West (all-star) game. So that was good preparation. I’m confident in my speaking ability and I’m willing to answer any questions they might want to ask, no matter how tough the questions are. I think as long as I be myself and show them who I truly am, my passion for the game and my will to succeed, that I’ll be fine.
Q: What is your five-star skill that is going to get you drafted?
A: I think the one thing that could possibly win somebody over is just my pure, absolute leg-strength and my ability to boom the ball long on kickoffs and field goals. I think people need to see that this Friday and I’ll prove it.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog