Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Bobby Baker: The first strength that comes to mind is my mental capacity. I have a great understanding of the game and I can learn any playbook and scheme rather quickly. The past 4 seasons I have had 4 different defensive coordinators which means 4 different defensive schemes. I started in all 4 of those schemes and had a great grasp of them. I am good at studying and breaking down film like a coach does. I tore my ACL 3 years ago and I had to shut down while I rehabbed from my injury. I took that opportunity to look at the game from a different perspective. I tried to look at it from the coaches perspective so I really focused on preparation and breaking down film. Another great strength of mine is my height/lank combination. My size makes it hard for QB’s to throw over me. I’ve got great range. I pick up ground very quickly and run from sideline to sideline well. I am also a very good and willing tackler. I can come up and play in the box or drop back into coverage. I am physical and am good at covering up the tight end. I can come downhill and cause a disaster for offenses.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Bobby Baker: I feel my greatest accomplishments are helping Georgia State win their first ever bowl game and was a leader on a very successful team. I also made first team all-conference. My first game back from my torn ACL I created 5 turnovers, 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. That was a game I will always remember.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Bobby Baker: I will miss the relationships with my teammates, my classmates and my coaches. I built a lot of good relationships here that I will always remember, but I will miss those most of all when I leave here.
Scott Porter: How do you think playing for a smaller school has benefitted you as a player?
Bobby Baker: I think it benefitted me because it gave me the opportunity to showcase my talents every game I played in from the time I arrived. Had I played for a bigger school I may not have had the opportunity until later in my career thus I may not have developed as well as I have coming into this draft. I didn’t have to wait behind anyone when I got here. My goal was to get to the NFL and playing for Georgia State has put me in that position through hard work and learning with experience. I don’t get the publicity or play in front of the huge crowds at Georgia State that I would have other programs but I took advantage of my opportunity.
Scott Porter: Is there an NFL player you look at and trying to replicate his game?
Bobby Baker: Right now, I have been watching a lot of film on Kam Chancellor in run support. I watch the way he hits and tackles, and plays in the box. I often watch Tyran Mathieu, as I like his ball hawk skills and I try to be a combination of the two.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Bobby Baker?
Bobby Baker: The biggest thing with Bobby Baker is that you’re getting a person that you do not have to worry about. I do the right things. I have never been in any trouble. There are no surprises with me. You know exactly who I am. I don’t party, I don’t do drugs I don’t drink. I eat and drink right and take care of my body the right way. I am going to do whatever you ask of me. Whatever scheme you want me to run. I will play special teams, I can play any position you line me up at and I am going to give it 100% every play. I am a great person with no issues and I have a great character and will represent the organization to the fullest.
Scott Porter: What are the expectations of yourself in the NFL?
Bobby Baker: I expect myself to make an impact with a team for 5-10 years and play at a high level. All the awards are great and I hope it happens but I want to create a legacy. I want to be a player that young players look up to like I did Ed Reed and Brian Dawkins when I was younger. I want to have a positive impact on others that will follow me.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until draft day to prepare yourself?
Bobby Baker: I don’t graduate until May so I am taking spring classes to finish with school. I am going to be working on my speed. My goal is to run a 4.40/40. I am going to be working as hard as I can to keep my speed to where I want it to be. I am working on everything. I am working on improving my tackling. I consider myself a sure tackler but I know I can work on my technique and more form to tidy it up. I want to fine tune my tackling and punish the ball carrier. I am working on polishing up my man coverage skills so that I am able to cover the slot as well. I know some slot WR’s like Antonio Brown and Wes Welker are near impossible to cover but I want to be that guy that can stop the top slot WR’s in the game. I want to lock down at safety and be known for being an all around tackling and cover safety in the NFL.