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WVU's Don Barclay Preparing for Green Bay Camp


Hundreds of college football players sat on the edge of their seats last weekend, hopeful to either hear their name called in the NFL Draft or field some phone calls as it wound down.

For those who got what they wanted, a place on one of 32 teams, the next phase of making a professional roster begins today.

Many players will begin reporting to their respective NFL cities to take care of the details before taking part in a three-day rookie minicamp over the weekend. Others will wait one more week depending on when their team scheduled the camp.

Don Barclay is one of those others.

The former West Virginia offensive lineman is preparing himself for a chance to continue his football career as a member of the Green Bay Packers organization.

Going into the draft, Barclay and his agent thought there was a chance he would come off the board before the end of the seven-round affair, but he was ready with the mindset that he would make the best of his situation if he took the undrafted route.

As the seventh round wore on, he began fielding phone calls and knew he had his choice of multiple good offers. In the end, Green Bay won out.

"My agent and I talked and we just felt like it was the best situation," says Barclay. "They called early and they seemed like they were really interested and after we looked over it, it seemed like the best fit for me so we went with it."

Even after making the decision, Barclay received phone calls, turning down teams that liked what they had seen in evaluating his talent and wanted to give him a shot.

When Barclay performed at WVU's pro day back in March, he kept a sizeable audience as he practiced snapping the ball to a quarterback both under center and in shotgun. His goal was to prove to those who were watching that he could play every position on their offensive line.

He did much of that during his career with the Mountaineers, but adding center to his repertoire is a new endeavor.

"[NFL scouts] told my agent they like me a lot for that and they think I can stick around because I can be a great swingman," Barclay says. "I think that is a plus about me that I've played left tackle, I've played left guard, right guard and I can move around to different positions, which should help me out in the long run."

Many pro teams will tell you they can never have enough offensive linemen in their camps. They need the extra bodies, and in Barclay, they have one body who can play all the positions.

He hopes he has become a bit of a valuable commodity for the Packers and in doing so, will turn some heads beginning next week. In watching what Green Bay has done offensively behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers in recent years, Barclay is excited to get going with such a productive unit.

"I think it'd definitely be a great fit just from the offense and what we ran," he says. "They're in shotgun a lot and obviously we did that at WVU."

From this point on, it's all about taking advantage of the situation. Barclay has been given a chance to impress a coaching staff and play the game he loves professionally.

"At this point, that's all I wanted, was an opportunity," he says. "I've just got to go out and work 110 percent everyday and give it my all and prove to them that I'm a man who can play and last in the NFL. That's all I wanted, was a chance. I've got to make the best of it at this point."

As he waits to travel out to Wisconsin, Barclay is teaming up with Baltimore fourth-round draft choice and former WVU teammate Gino Gradkowski, working out and getting ready for what will come a week from today.

It is an opportunity, and nothing more.

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