Brandon Howard: Brandon Howard sitting here with DeVier Posey, WR from the Ohio State University. If you don’t mind, could you start off telling me a little bit about your background and how you grew up?
DeVier Posey: I come from a single parent home. I grew up with my brother he’s like my best friend; we’re twenty months apart. Going through life, it was just he and I. My brother and I are the youngest of four. I have a sister and an older brother. We grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio just playing sports all the time.
Brandon Howard: Did you play any other sports besides football coming up?
DeVier Posey: I played everything at a really young age, but football was the first organized sport that I ever played. I started playing football the summer before Kindergarten. The first rules I can remember learning were with regards to football.
Brandon Howard: I know that you’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the Ohio State University tattoo scandal, but we wanted to give you a bit of a reprieve from that. You’ve been very forthright in the interviews that I’ve seen. I realize that it’s a topic that many would like for us to address, however I would like to skip that if it’s ok with you.
DeVier Posey: Sure no problem.
Brandon Howard: Any up and coming players on the Ohio State roster you feel have a shot at making it to the next level?
DeVier Posey: As far as the receiver room is concerned, I feel like Verlon Reed has a chance. Also take a look at kids like Philly Brown, Evan Spencer, Devin Smith, Chris Fields, Tyrone Williams as well. Each of them have great opportunities since they all got playing time at a really young age. Playing time early on is invaluable because it can be applied to the following year. Of course I feel Braxton Miller is going to be a player. There are also some good players on the defensive side of the ball. Bradly Roby, that kids going to be good. Ryan Shazier is another up and coming underclassman. There’s also going to be some good senior leadership in guys like Jake Stoneburner, Etienne Sabino, Travis Howard, as well as Orhian Johnson, Zach Boren and John Simon. I really look forward to big things for the Buckeyes in the future.
Brandon Howard: Sounds like a lot of talent over there. Brandon Howard: What was your favorite part about the Senior Bowl?
DeVier Posey: Just meeting with the guys. There’s so much camaraderie involved because the majority of us have gone through all of the same things. It’s just big to meet so many different people from so many different places.
Brandon Howard: I know there’s a lot of talent out there for Senior Bowl practices, and everyone has different facets of their game that might present a challenge here or there. With that said, who is the best player that you had the pleasure to go up against?
DeVier Posey: Man, I don’t know. Everyone is good.
Brandon Howard: Honest answer.
Brandon Howard: Is there anything extremely valuable that the coaches taught during the week of the Senior Bowl.
DeVier Posey: Making sure you handle this job as a professional. Making sure you’re there on time. Being coached up by NFL coaches was also something that’s been big for me. We’re all getting a glimpse of what it’s like to be an NFL player.
Brandon Howard: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a WR?
DeVier Posey: I feel like my intangibles. I feel like if a WR tells you anything as far as their actual game being their greatest strength, then they might be telling you a myth. I feel like you can always work on parts of your game, you can never be good enough. I also feel as though my strength is my leadership ability, my speed and making big plays down the field. I also have a competitive spirit and drive to win.
Brandon Howard: I’ve been following your game, and I think that you have better speed than what you’re currently being projected to run at the combine. I’m a former track guy myself, so I see the efficiency in the way that you run and realize you have more than enough speed to get vertical. It’s evident that your speed translates to the football field.
Brandon Howard: What is something you feel you need to improve upon?
DeVier Posey: I always feel like I can get better. Things like the top end of my routes, my releases, my hands, blocking. All of those things I could do better.
Brandon Howard: I saw you working against press coverage, and it looked as though you were able to get off of the game pretty well using your hands. You’re release looked really smooth.
Brandon Howard: What position do you feel more comfortable at heading to the next level? Do you feel more comfortable as the X, Z or slot?
DeVier Posey: I feel like I can play anything. I feel like understanding offenses is just pure memorization, pure reps and knowing the scheme. I don’t feel like you can lock me into any one position. I feel like I can be that X receiver if necessary, I can play in the slot, I can block a Linebacker if I need to, I can be a Z, I can stretch the field, I just really feel like I can play anything.
Brandon Howard: So you feel comfortable coming in and cracking down on that Linebacker?
DeVier Posey: Definitely!
Brandon Howard: Any Receivers in today’s game, or even in years past that you feel comfortable comparing yourself to or that you model your game after?
DeVier Posey: I like to be a technician, but I really don’t know who I play like. I like to compare myself to some of the old school guys like Irvin, Chris Carter, Jerry Rice, guys that were pure Receivers. Guys like Calvin Johnson and Larry Johnson I won’t compare myself to because I’m never going to be 6’4. I have to deal with my body and that means I need to be a technician.
Brandon Howard: Can you describe a time where you’ve exhibited outstanding work ethic?
DeVier Posey: I feel like going into the bowl games I’ve always been prepared. Having the extra time to focus, I always have felt good going into bowl games. I would know my opponent inside and out.
Brandon Howard: That’s when I’ve noticed that you’ve had the tendency to perform extremely well. For instance the game against Arkansas you had a good game there. When the bright lights are on, you’ve typically performed well.
Brandon Howard: Where will you be training for the combine?
DeVier Posey: I’m down in Boca Raton, Florida at XPE with Toni Villani, and I’m doing my position work with Chris Carter.
Brandon Howard: You have any expectations for the combine?
DeVier Posey: Honestly, I want to just go and shut it down! I want to run a great 40 time, have a good vertical, good broad jump, do well in the interviews, make sure everything goes well with my physicals. My aim is to just go and shut it down so my Pro Day can be just me running routes.
Brandon Howard: I’m confident you’ll do well. You have any expectations for the 40 yard dash?
DeVier Posey: I know I’m going to run in the 4.4 range, it’s just a matter of how low. I might shock the whole world and run a 4.3. I know I can run. I know a lot of people question my speed, but I think it’s funny because I’ve always been a track guy.
Brandon Howard: Track guy in terms of sprints?
DeVier Posey: Yes sprints. I went to State Championships in the 100m dash, 200m dash and the 400m dash. I won the 400m dash and came in 4th in the 100 and 200 meter dash. I really feel like if it wasn’t for me slipping out of the blocks I could’ve very well been state champion in the 100m dash.
Brandon Howard: What type of music do you listen to before games.
DeVier Posey: I like rap but I’m not really into the music glorifying selling drugs. I like intellectual rap or conscious rap. I like R&B every now and then as well.
Brandon Howard: One thing you would like the world to know about DeVier Posey?
DeVier Posey: That I’m a laid back guy, and I love football. Football is a game but I love playing it.
Brandon Howard: What’s one of your guilty pleasures in life?
DeVier Posey: I’m a reality show buff. I watch reality TV man I really do, I’m not even going to lie.
Brandon Howard: If you could have one super power, what would that be?
DeVier Posey: It would definitely be, to have the ability to fly.
Brandon Howard: I could definitely see that.
Brandon Howard: Well that pretty much wraps it up for me, thank you for your time. From a Columbus, Ohio native, it really means a lot to sit down and talk to you.
DeVier Posey: No problem man.
Brandon Howard: I hope you don’t mind if we stay in touch throughout this whole process. I’d like to keep in touch with you to see where you end up.
DeVier Posey: Definitely man, sounds good.