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Barner draws motivation from draft snub


We hear it every year.  Likely because it often works.

Players who get drafted later than they expected to be drafted find motivation in the snub.  Sometimes, it doesn’t matter.  Other times, the player goes from snub to superstardom, like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner plunged all the way to round six, the 182nd player taken.  And he’ll use that to get the most out of his skills.

“I’ve got to play with a chip on my shoulder,” Barner said at Carolina’s rookie minicamp, via Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer.  “Every day I’m going to remind myself that 181 people passed on me.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera couldn’t believe that Barner, who rushed for more than 1,700 yards last season and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at his Pro Day, was still available in round six.

“I didn’t quite get it but I know when he was sitting there, and listening to [G.M.] Dave [Gettleman] and the scouts talk about the value at that pick, it made perfect sense to us, it made perfect sense to me, that we took him,” Rivera said.

For most sixth-round picks, earning a roster spot is no lock.  For Barner, it could be.

“I think he’s shown that he has some abilities so he’ll be a guy that we’ll have to find a spot for,” Rivera said.  “If he continues to grow and improve and flash like he did, he’s got a chance, a real good chance to help us.”

And that could hurt one of more of the high-priced veteran tailbacks on the team.

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22 Responses to “Barner draws motivation from draft snub”
  1. hutch119 says: May 11, 2013 11:06 PM

    I wish guys would do this privately. Every guy picked after the first round, and even guys picked late in the first, have to announce that they now have a chip on their shoulder.

    Go about it quietly ala Brady and once you have made it big you can tell the world how that chip helped you make it big. Don’t tell us before you have even finished your first mini camp, no one cares.

  2. melkipershero says: May 11, 2013 11:40 PM

    This is why you don’t give RBs big contracts. Excluding AD. Always a steal in the draft year after year.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 11, 2013 11:46 PM

    Kenji came to the number of “181” people “passing on me” by estimating that approximately six management personel were dirctly involved with draft decisions for each of the league’s 32 teams. Since it’s difficult to get an exact count, we’ll just have to accept his figure.

  4. qdog112 says: May 11, 2013 11:47 PM

    OK football fans, here is this year’s Russell Wilson. Like Wilson Barner was Mr. Everything in college, but the experts failed to evaluate properly.

    This guy will be instant impact for the Cats. He’s an RB with Chris Johnson’s speed and WR hands. Williams is probably out. Keeping Barner off the field is not gonna be easy.

  5. dlearyfun says: May 11, 2013 11:52 PM

    If Ron Rivera was so shocked that Barner was still there in the sixth round, why didn’t he take him in the fifth?

  6. cullimon says: May 12, 2013 12:05 AM

    Technically, 31 teams passed on him multiple times

  7. tate53 says: May 12, 2013 12:14 AM

    “Everyday im going to remind myself tuat 181 people past up me”

    I didnt know each team had a different person that decided each pick from every round

  8. pathsovglory says: May 12, 2013 1:07 AM

    Didn’t even know Brady was a late round draft pick (shows my age lol) until everyone started talking about “chip on my shoulder” draft choice selection

  9. deetrain11 says: May 12, 2013 1:26 AM

    hutch119 says:
    May 11, 2013 11:06 PM
    I wish guys would do this privately. Every guy picked after the first round, and even guys picked late in the first, have to announce that they now have a chip on their shoulder.

    Go about it quietly ala Brady and once you have made it big you can tell the world how that chip helped you make it big. Don’t tell us before you have even finished your first mini camp, no one cares.

    You CAN’T compare Brady to Barner!! NOBODY
    knew who Brady was coming out of the draft that year. He wasn’t a TOP qb, the way Barner was one of the LEADING RUSHERS in the country. So Tom Terrific didn’t have ANY body of work in college to justify him being picked higher…..UNLIKE BARNER!!!!

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  10. pilot2011 says: May 12, 2013 1:30 AM

    seriously, when does Carolina ever NOT had a loaded backfield? I just don’t see how all these guys will get touches this year.

    Williams, Stewart, Tolbert, Barner, Newton.

    Maybe there is a “Penta Option” in the works for the league to copycat for the 2014 season.

  11. raiderinva says: May 12, 2013 1:42 AM

    Everything that I had read about Mr. Barner predicted he would be drafted around 5-7 round. That would make a 6th round pick kind of an expected slot.

    I have read and heard that Kenjon avoids contact and goes down when he gets hit. That is not a good trait for a running back. I have also read that he has a difficult time holding onto the ball when he does get hit.

    You can not teach speed, but you can correct protecting the ball, and Kenjon could excel as a returner. A 6th round pick is on potential and he has a lot of it.

  12. tombstone7 says: May 12, 2013 2:07 AM

    It’s not where you start, but where you finish that matters most. We @ Oregon know and Believe in You……Go get ’em!…….GO DUCKS!

  13. lionsyooper says: May 12, 2013 2:14 AM

    There seems to be a bit of a misconception related to the number of arrests by Lions players that the average uneducated NFL fan does not comprehend. It may result from a biased media, a skewed perspective, or just utter lack of knowledge on one’s own part.

    Case in point, the following is a breakdown of the number of arrests by team in the NFC North alone, from 2001 to 2011:
    Vikings – 34
    Bears – 19
    Packers – 13
    Lions – 7

    If these numbers are not recent enough to make the point, the Vikings have had 10 arrests since the beginning of 2011 to present and the Lions have had 7.

    Try to take an objective look at things before you start spewing out your uneducated opinions.

  14. coryfor3 says: May 12, 2013 2:45 AM

    181 people passed on him? Where does he get that number? 181 times someone somewhere decided they wanted someone else. There we went 181 people that each passed on Barner. Whatev…

  15. si1m says: May 12, 2013 2:45 AM

    Guy above hit it on the head. Are agents all handing out the same list of cliches? How many more No namers do we need to hear about their chip on their shoulder? 50% of the class will be ex NFL players in 5 yrs

  16. duffer58 says: May 12, 2013 2:54 AM

    Love when players say this. If he was drafted in first round he was not going to try hard? Much to do about nothing. Whether it is Brady or anyone else.

  17. zenrooster says: May 12, 2013 3:03 AM

    What the guy above me said

  18. jdubb84 says: May 12, 2013 4:44 AM

    That means Carolina passed on him a few times as well. Lol he wasn’t as good as LaMichael James and even he went 6th or 7th if I remember correctly

  19. logicallionsvoice says: May 12, 2013 7:56 AM

    Kenjon Barner will never be Reggie Bush

    #Reggie Bush for 2k yards
    #Reggie Bush for 100 rec
    #Greatest RB since Barry Sanders

  20. lbroberts123 says: May 12, 2013 8:49 AM

    Trade Williams, start Stewart, and Barner as backup.

  21. redpillmindstate says: May 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    You got picked in the 6th round for a reason…. whatever it was the Carolina Panthers obviously felt the same way or you would have been selected higher …. So just play some ball so your a competitor and a winner , work hard and produce we could care less about some imaginary chip that supposedly gives you motivation the fact that the league has a revolving door at every position every year with fresh new bodies coming in every year hungry to take someones spot ought to be motivation enough… make the team first and then we might care to hear you out …

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 13, 2013 10:36 PM

    Maybe Rivera can get Barner to play safety which is what they needed from the draft. The Panthers had RB covered.

    Barner’s speed is very impressive but I think he may have dropped because he has been known to fumble, is mostly a finesse runner, and leaves a lot to be desired in pass blocking.

    Why didn’t Chip Kelly draft him for the Eagles? I mean if he was all that?

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