Perseverance. Leadership. Competitiveness. Quarterback J.T. Barrett’s most impressive traits are also what make him so unique.
Barrett was the only three-time captain in Ohio State history and it’s easy to see why. He was the type of leader that teammates rally around in the huddle and he knew when to speak out and when to lead by example. But now, he’s about to start his pro football career – and he’ll have to join a team full of established veteran players. So how will that affect his role in the locker room? That’s simple. It won’t.
“I feel like I’ll take the same approach I did while at Ohio State,” Barrett said. “Obviously, I’m not going to step in and run the whole ship from day one and I will respect the vets, but, once I get to my new team, I will observe what’s going on around me. There are always ways to encourage guys and help make them better. I’ll earn the respect and trust of my teammates once they see the hard work that I put in.”
The success that OSU had with Barrett leading the way is pretty ridiculous. They finished 38-6 in games he started and he left with over 25 school records, including career passing yards (9,434) and completions (769).
— Eastbay (@Eastbay) March 1, 2018
Yet, the three-time Big 10 Quarterback of the Year has been flying somewhat under the radar during this whole pre-draft process. Despite his intangibles, some scouts question his arm strength and release.
But Barrett isn’t stressed by any of the negative press – he knows he will be a steal for whoever does draft him, and he knows he has a solid base who will back him up along the way.
“I have some great people in my life who keep me calm and mentally prepared for everything,” Barrett explained. He cites his parents, his high school head coach Jim Garfield, and his best friend’s dad as role models who have always provided him with wise words and endless support.
No matter where or when he gets drafted, you can bet that Barrett will put in the work to get better, too.