Chat with former Iowa DB Charles Godfrey
Godfrey is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound cornerback and finished fifth on his Iowa team in tackles. He was second on the team with 42 solo tackles. Godfrey finished tied for 27th in the nation with five interceptions, leading the team. He also had nine pass breakups to lead the team.
Send in your questions now, then join Godfrey on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:58 PM)
Charles will be here any minute, so keep the questions rolling in!
Aaron, Chicago, IL
In what ways did the coaching and training staff at Iowa best prepare you for the next level?
Charles Godfrey (3:04 PM)
They prepared me with hands on training and teaching me to goive 100% every play and pay attention to detail.
The combine is next week, what are you doing mentally and physically to prepare?
Charles Godfrey (3:06 PM)
I am out in Arizona at a the API facility. Some days we work upper body, some days lower body. We do running, and work at the 40, 3 cone, L drill. We are also making sure I am eating right to ensure high performance. So it has just been a lot of work in preparation for the combine, so when I go there I am ready. Mentally, you want to go in there knowing you are ready for the challenege. Being in Arizona and eating right and working out really helps, because I know I will be able to perform at my highest level.
Andrew (Philadelphia, PA)
You played both corner and safety in college. Do you have a preference on which to play in the NFL? I'm a big-time Eagles fan- if you were drafted to play safety, would that sit well with you too?
Charles Godfrey (3:08 PM)
I do not mind safety. I am good back there at reading the field. But if I had to choose I would choose CB, because it takes some of the best athletes to play that position and you really have to use your athleticism. So I would like to take up that challenege. But I would not mind playing safety.
Charles, what plays to your strengths best: press, man-2-man or zone?
Charles Godfrey (3:09 PM)
I am a football player. I love to get out there on the island. I feel like I am good at all those things. There is nothing I really like more than another whether it is playing off or coming up in run support.
Galen (Sioux Falls, SD)
In your opinion, what makes Coach Ferentz so popular? And what has he meant to you as a player?
Charles Godfrey (3:10 PM)
Coach is a great coach. We know he is a guy who is very hands on. he is not just going to sit back and watch you and not say anything. He works with all the groups of players, letting you know what you are doing wrong etc. He is very involved, and does not just rely on his assistants to teach.
Miller (Iowa City, IA)
Who was the best wide out you ever had to cover while at Iowa?
Charles Godfrey (3:11 PM)
I would say Ed Hardy from Indiana. He had size, speed, a long stride. And he caught the ball well. He also ran great routes. He was an all-around great WR.
Chris, Iowa City, IA
Charles, have you been seeking out any advice from coach Ferentz or any current Hawkeyes playing in the NFL right now? If so, what have they been able to provide you with in terms of how to prepare for the NFL?
Charles Godfrey (3:13 PM)
Yes, coach Ferentz has always given me advice, and that is why I like him as a coach, friend and mentor. We talked a lot about it. He told me the NFL is a bussines, and he told me I need to do as much as I can to make money up front on that first contract. He also told me about the importance of studying film and working hard once I get there. Another thing I was taught was to stay humble through the proccess.
Jim (Richmond, VA)
Who do you look forward to covering in the NFL?
Charles Godfrey (3:14 PM)
Oh yeah. Well there are a lot of guys. You want to challenege yourself, so I look forward to facing TO, Chad Johnson and all the great WRs, to see how good I am.
What is the hardest part about working out for the combines?
Charles Godfrey (3:16 PM)
The hardest part I would say is keeping focused, because the draft seems so far away. You cannot lose focus. You have to keep your focus at all times. You have to keep your head in straight and limit the distractions.
Charles, Who was your fav. nfl player and team growing up?
Charles Godfrey (3:18 PM)
Growing up my favorite team was the Cowboys. And my favorite player would have to be Deion Sanders. I just loved the way he played the game with confidence. People say he was not that pohysical, but Cbs have to be smart. He knew he could not take a guy like Bettis on high, so he went low. He was a very smart football player who had a fantastic career.
What current nfl corner do you think you resemble?
Charles Godfrey (3:19 PM)
Probably Al Harris. I say that because he is very physical as a CB. He is big and he gets up into a WRs face and challenges them, which is something I plan to do when I get to the NFL.
Charles Godfrey (3:19 PM)
Thanks for having me! Watch me do my thing at the combine!
Buzzmaster (3:20 PM)
Thanks Charles and best of luck!
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