When the Arizona Cardinals moved up in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to select former Washington Huskies star Budda Baker, the former All-American joined a defensive backfield that includes Tyrann Mathieu, the player Baker was often compared to during draft evaluations.

Baker joined The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday and talked about working with Mathieu in Arizona and the comparisons to the former Pro Bowler.

“I’m very excited, but then again, Tyrann’s his own player, and I’m my own player. So I still feel like we’re different in some sorts,” Baker said. “But it’s going to be very exciting learning from a guy like that, a guy who is my stature, does things that I’ve done on film as well. So I’m just going to be very excited to learn from him.”

Many of the evaluators of Baker knocked him for size. The former All-American said they should know better from watching his tape.

“Watch the film. I always feel like film will set you free,” Baker said. “People can have all these opinions about you, but film is facts. And seeing me playing safety, seeing me doing all the things that a 5’11, 6-foot safety does should make that size con go away. So I just say watch the film.”

In preparation for the NFL, Baker has spent time with Seattle Seahawks four-time All-Pro safety Earl Thomas and shared what he has learned from the vet.

“He helped me a lot when I was breaking in certain angles,” Baker said. “He talks about taking your eyes to the target first, because he says in the league, quarterback arms are really strong so the ball gets there quick and precise. So take my eyes to each target and football is all about angles, so if you show great angles, you will be good at football.”


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