Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has known Richard Sherman a long time.
If you ask Baldwin, Sherman wasn’t always the best corner in football. Baldwin was asked about Sherman’s move from wide receiver to cornerback at Stanford.
Baldwin didn’t mense words when said Sherman was “terrible” when he first moved from offense to defense.
“To be honest, when he first switched over he was awful, he was terrible,” Baldwin said Sunday, according to an interview transcript from the NFL. “He couldn’t backpedal, he couldn’t track the ball, and he didn’t really try to quick jam, because he would get lost at the line of scrimmage.
“We had wonderful coaches at Stanford, they kind of honed in his skills, made him focus more on the details and then when he got here he kind of blossomed into amazing defensive back that he is now.
“He never in his mind had doubt that he would be one of the greatest, he’s always said that he was going to be one of the greatest whether he was going to be a receiver or a defensive back. I had no doubt in him as well because I know how hard he works.”
Sherman amazingly was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He’s been in the Seahawks lineup since that day.