WEDNESDAY, MAY 08, 2013
Colby Walden Reflects on His Experience with the Washington Redskins Rookie Camp
Former Dolphins standout looks to extend his career into the professional ranks
This past weekend was one that Jacksonville University’s Colby Walden (Tampa, Fla.) will not soon forget. The former Dolphins corner back & kick returner spent three days working out for the Washington Redskins as one of the 48-players invited to the organization’s rookie camp in Ashburn, Va.
JUDolphins.com recently caught up with the former All-American:
What was your overall reaction to the experience?
“As expected they had some impressive facilities. Overall I thought the structural part of the workouts would be a lot different, but it really wasn’t that different from what I experienced in college. Expect now you are dealing with the money and business side of it.”
What type of workouts did they have you perform?
“Raheem Morris, their defensive backs coach, took us through a few drills I haven’t done before. Over the course of the three days they were very helpful and allowed me to take my corner skills to a whole other level.”
How do you feel your performance was?
“I just tried to go out there and give everything I had physically. The first day wasn’t that great since everyone was struggling with the new plays and systems. On the second day everything got faster and I was able to start adjusting and getting better. By Sunday it was full go. I had more confidence and could play with a little more swagger which allowed me to show them my full athletic ability.”
What was the biggest surprise for you?
“Running into RG3. I was just sitting there filling out paperwork and I looked up and there he was. It didn’t really hit me until then that we were in the same facility that he works out in everyday. That’s when I realized what a special opportunity this was to be here and working out for the Washington Redskins."
"He looked pretty good, almost like he had never been injured. I’m not scared to race anyone so I wish he was back to 100% because I wanted to challenge him to a 40-yard dash. I think with his injury I would have been able to get him this weekend but I’d love to get the change to go toe-to-toe with him at any time."
What is next for you?
"Now I just wait and hopefully get that call. They seemed interested and I felt like I performed pretty well. If not my agent working for me to help get another team and work out for. The key thing now that I’ve been to one camp and performed well, people around the profession will start knowing who I am right away. That should help me get a few more opportunities even if something with the Redskins doesn’t work out."