Boise State’s Curtis Weaver has no problem missing out on the NFL Draft’s fancy suits and décor or the boos for commissioner Roger Goodell. He doesn’t care where he’ll be or what his draft day experience will look like. Instead, Weaver only cares that he has the company of his mother.
“If I’m here in Boise, if I’m back in Texas where my agent is, I don’t know what we were having, just as long as my mom is there,” Weaver said on Glenn Clark Radio April 6.
Carla Weaver had two jobs when Curtis was a kid, working long shifts to keep her and her son afloat. He’s now ready to show his appreciation by making sure she’s next to him when his name is called on TV.
While Goodell’s April 6 memo that ordered team personnel to stay isolated during the draft didn’t go into detail about the broadcast itself, prospects and fans can probably expect something a little like the later days of the draft, where players are no longer present to shake hands and show off their new jersey.
During this unprecedented pre-draft period, players from many universities have missed pro days, workouts and in-person meetings. All draft meetings are done virtually. Weaver has focused on showing NFL teams what he’s all about, rather than dwelling on what COVID-19 has canceled or delayed.
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound edge rusher was named a 2017 Freshman All-American, appearing in every game but starting in just two after he redshirted his 2016 season. In 2018 he had a dominant season, recording 43 total tackles (15 for loss) and 9.5 sacks in 13 starts.
The hype surrounding Weaver really started to build during his huge 2019 season, when he posted 52 total tackles (19.5 for loss), 13.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one interception. He earned nine total All-America honors along with first-team All-Mountain West honors on his way to becoming the MWC Defensive Player of the Year, cementing himself as a early-round pick, perhaps to a team in need of edge rush help like the Ravens.
Now in full draft preparation, Weaver knows he can keep improving and building his game off of his college career, making final adjustments before he makes the jump to the NFL.
“I still like working on everything every day, like different things to just make me stand out more from the other guys, because at the end of the day pass rush is something people like me should do on the back of their hands — like, wake up and I can just pass rush right now, you should have that in your tool belt I feel like,” Weaver said. “So just adding other stuff to my tool belt, looking at film — what I should be getting better at, what should I add and what I’ve got to fix.”
While he’d be excited to go to any team, Weaver sees a great opportunity with the Ravens if he gets drafted by Baltimore, citing team qualities with which he can relate.
“I saw a quote [from] Calais Campbell: ‘You don’t win 14 games and no one likes each other in the locker room.’ So I know the locker room vibes are good there, chemistry is building up there and they’re having fun … but at the end of the day they want that end prize,” Weaver said.
At Boise State, one of Weaver’s big roles was the hype man, making sure everyone had the energy for practice and keeping it from being a “lost day.” But he also made sure to have personal relationships with each and every one of his Broncos teammates. He knows how helpful it is to the team.
“I can really have like a 10-minute conversation with everybody on our football team from Boise State, so I feel like that helps too with the locker room chemistry part of things,” Weaver said.
Going to Boise State, the Idaho-based football school with a blue turf field, was a big step for the three-star recruit after high school. Despite some nausea trouble with the blue color early in his time there, Weaver eventually broke out and became the conference’s best pass rusher.
“It was fun to be part of something different,” Weaver said of his college experience.
Now he can’t wait for the NFL.
For more from Weaver, listen to the full interview here:
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