HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short looks like he'll be a very popular man once the 2013 NFL Draft comes around.
He doesn't pay attention to the draft boards, but family and friends like to mention what experts think of him - Mel Kiper, Jr. rates him the 16th-best overall prospect, while Scouts, Inc. the 17th-best overall.
But does he know about both ratings mentioning his lack of consistency? Kiper posed the question on his first Big Board of the year and Scouts, Inc. rated his motor average.
It turns out he didn't have to look at the questions. He already was working on them.
Short knows that for his Boilermakers to succeed and for him to maintain his status as an elite defensive lineman, he must become a more consistent player.
He'll try to continue that progress when Purdue (2-1) hosts Marshall (2-2) at 3:15 p.m. Saturday in a game broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Offseason film sessions with Purdue Coach Danny Hope made Short realize consistency is key.
A standout defensive tackle like him could fall back on his laurels. He was a first-team all-Big Ten selection last year by the media and a second-team pick by the coaches. Shouldn't that mean his effort was good enough? Not after watching his 2011 film.
"Watching some of last year's tapes with Coach Hope, I noticed I was a sometimes guy," Short said. "I wasn't consistent, play in and play out, when I was in the game. That was one of my biggest things, being consistent through the summer and transitioning it to the field.