By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The University of Delaware has had more than its fair share of players head to the NFL over the past several years. While no Blue Hens were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, a few have signed rookie free agent deals.
At the top of that list is defensive tackle Zach Kerr. Kerr enjoyed a fine senior season which saw him earn first-team All-CAA honors. He served as a co-captain for the Blue Hens in 2013, finishing the season with 57 tackles (28 solo), including 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Kerr admits that he hasn’t quite gotten his head around the fact that he is headed to the pros.
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“It has not sunk in yet, I will be honest with you,” Kerr tells KYW Newsradio. “I haven’t really got the whole idea in my head that I’m in the NFL. I was just talking to somebody earlier about it, they were like, ‘Hey man, can you believe that you’re in the NFL?’ I was like, ‘I haven’t even really thought about it.’ At this point I’m just ready to get to work. I think it’ll hit me when I get on the field and put on a helmet, that NFL helmet with an NFL logo on it, that’s when it will hit me. Until then I’m just going with the flow, doing the same thing I’ve been doing. I’m excited, I can’t wait to actually get to work.”
Kerr, listed as 6’2, 310 pounds, breaks down the skills that he thinks got him noticed by NFL teams, specifically the Colts.
“I think my ability to chase the ball and get upfield, I think I do those things pretty well,” Kerr says. “Especially in the run game, I think I’m pretty good at stopping the run and then kind of cleanup some sacks and stuff like that. I’m a good pocket collapser, as far as the pass rushing game. I think there are a few things that I’ve got that I can definitely elevate, that will help me be successful in the NFL.”
Other Blue Hens headed to the NFL camps – offensive tackle Erle Ladson with the Raiders and cornerback Travis Hawkins with New England.
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