Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods was up for his NFL Scouting Combine media interview Friday. He's graded a 5 on NFL.com. His review starts with the mention that it took him three years to become a starter at USC.
However, that doesn't reflect where Woods is right now.
Woods told the ocregister.com, he's in a different place from where he was when accepted Pete Carroll's offer to play for the USC Trojans several years ago.
"Definitely, I came a long way," Woods said Friday. "Just maturity, physical standpoint, weight, everything. It was a progression in development.
He's worked hard to improve his conditioning and other elements of his game.
"I would describe myself as a tough nose tackle that likes doing the dirty work," Woods said, then paused. "Loves doing the dirty work."
Woods dealt with a torn pectoral muscle in 2014 but he says his medical at the combine was issue-free.
Woods says he's ready for an NFL career. He says he tries to model his game after Brandon Mebane of the Seattle Seahawks.
USC DT Antwaun Woods says Brandon Mebane is a player he tries to model his game after. Said he's practicing his belly roll for first sack.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) February 26, 2016
Woods ended his career at USC strong with 41 stops, seven for loss, three sacks. He even made the All-Pac-12 Conference first team.