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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Marcus Sayles, DB, University of West Georgia

NFL teams are going to fall in love with Marcus Sayles because of his Special Teams abilities as well as his shutdown skills
NFL teams are going to fall in love with Marcus Sayles because of his Special Teams abilities as well as his shutdown skills

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Marcus Sayles

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10” 170

What is your position?

Cornerback/ Block Specialist

Where do you play college football?

University of West Georgia

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

West Georgia was given the opportunity to host a kids summer camp. We were split up by position to teach under privilege kids different drills and let them have fun for the day.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

The hardest class I have had to take was Social Inequality.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Manhattan, NY but I currently am from Alpharetta, GA

Who is your role model, and why?

My role models are my coaches and my father. Each one of them have played intricate parts in my life allowing me to grow as a man and showed me how to live my life to the fullest.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I played basketball and soccer.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played WR in high school.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I think what separates me from other corners is my quickness, reaction times, and ability to play off coverage well.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When I break down film, I tend to look at how receivers get in and out of their routes and the QB progression when throwing the ball.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I have faced was Sentavious Jones who played WR at Valdosta State my freshman year of college

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

If I can compare myself to anyone in the league it would have to be Joe Haden. He has great footwork and speed and is versatile at playing press and off coverage.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Every morning before a game I call my mom and ask my mom to pray for me and my team and then I listen to Never Would Have Made It by Marvin Sapp.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Some obstacles I have to overcome coming out of a D2 school is my size and having to standout.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strengths are my speed, my ability to break on routes, and my versatility to play different roles on the field such as blocking kicks.

What is your biggest weakness?

One of my biggest weakness is my aggressiveness to break on routes when playing off coverage and sometimes susceptible to double moves.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

Many people consider me to be more than just a cornerback but an all around versatile football player. I can play defense and special teams. I led the nation in blocked kicks at every level. I have started almost every game since I have been in college and have been very successful in my time here. As a cornerback I can play off coverage and press very well and feel as if I can run with any receiver. Coaches trust me with a leadership position and my teammates find me easy to be around with my upbeat personality. I am very responsible with the decisions i make on and off the field.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

My favorite player growing was Chad Ochocinco

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

If I could have dinner with anyone I would choose Kevin Hart, Stephen A Smith, and Future.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

With my first paycheck I would purchase a new car because I never had the opportunity of having my own

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