Switzer says he’s his own player. But he also acknowledges that those guys helped open gates for his NFL shot.
“The last 10 years there have been guys my size or smaller doing incredible things in college and the NFL,” Switzer said. “So I think that they’ve done the work, they’ve paved the way for guys like me to have success.”
Ask Switzer which play best sums up his play, and you won’t get a show-stopping touchdown grab or an electrifying punt return, despite the many he has to choose from.
Instead, it’s a simple first down from a regular-season game in 2014 against Virginia Tech.
Switzer was running across the middle of the field, briefly open. Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams saw him and threw across his body. The throw was going to leave Switzer vulnerable.
Switzer snagged it. And he paid the price.
“I took the hardest hit that I have ever taken in my career. It was something, wow, I can still feel it,” Switzer said. “But I completed the catch, I stood back up. I think that just shows the resilience that I have, the toughness.”
Budda Baker, DB, Washington: Baker offers some versatility in the secondary with the ability to cover and tackle. He’s explosive and quick, though undersized at 5-10, 195. He can be a free safety or a nickel corner thanks to a high-motor work ethic, instincts and excellent ball skills that all led to a team-high 71 tackles, 10 for loss, with two interceptions and six passes defensed last year.