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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Marquell Beckwith, RB, Alabama State University


Marquell Beckwith was a graduate transfer to Alabama State from Troy. The kid is quick and can catch out the backfield
Marquell Beckwith was a graduate transfer to Alabama State from Troy. The kid is quick and can catch out the backfield

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?

Marquell Beckwith 

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10 – 196

What is your position?

Running Back 

Where do you play college football?

Alabama State University 

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

I’m a graduate transfer from Troy University, we always did a ton of community service. Visiting the retirement home was my favorite, we played games with them and read books to them also. 

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

Computer Concepts 

Where are you from?

Montgomery, Alabama 

Who is your role model, and why?

Adrian Peterson, he works very hard and you can tell by the way his career has turned out. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Ran track 

Did you play any other positions in football?

Kickoff Returner 

At your position, what separates you from others?

I can protect the quarterback, catch the ball out the backfield, and my vision is great. 

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

I look for which defensive player show tendencies of being the weak link so I can attack him. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Leonard Floyd, I was at Troy and he was at Georgia then. He was a monster. 

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

I’d say Lesean McCoy , I watch a lot of film on him and we play the exact same way. The way he utilizes the cut back and jump cut is remarkable. I try to work hard so I can be better than him. 

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

I feel like the biggest obstacle I had to overcome was tearing my ACL. I tore it last year on June 16, 2015. It was my first major injury, I didn’t know what to do. It took a whole lot of prayer and support from my family. They stuck with me and motivated me to get stronger and I overcame it. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Yes, I have to talk to my mom every morning while I’m at the hotel before we head to the stadium. 

What is your biggest strength?

My vision and the way I can catch coming out the backfield. 

maWhat is your biggest weakness?

I’m always looking for the big play and sometimes it get me in trouble because I be doing too much . 

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

I’m a hard worker and if you give me a chance to show you what I’m about , you will see the type of player I am. I’m willing to do whatever is possible to make my team better. 

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

Marshall Faulk and the Dallas Cowboys 

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

Adrian Peterson, Keri Hilson, and Barry Sanders 

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My mom a house 

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