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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Marquis Smith, LB, Savannah State

Marquis Smith of Savannah State is a playmaker. NFL teams will drool over him
Marquis Smith of Savannah State is a playmaker. NFL teams will drool over him

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?

Marquis Smith

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 242

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Savannah State

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

Community Service at an Elementary School. Read to the Kids.

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

Practicum, which is a class where you show everything that you have learned.

Where are you from?

Prince George’s County, Maryland

Who is your role model,why?

My mom, she was always there for me and she showed me that way.  

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Baseball and Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My hard work and the determination to be the best. 

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

The offense of line, quarterback and the route ran  by the WR’s.  

mWho was the toughest player you ever faced?


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

Khalil Mack because he is able to play two different positions and succeed at it.

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

Finding a way to show my skills at the next level.  

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Yes , I have to listen to music and eat candy.

What is your biggest strength?

My mind set and the love for the game.

What is your biggest weakness? 

Fear of failure.

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

I work hard to get were I want to be in life and I want to play in the NFL. I am determined to be successful. I listen well and I will kill to have the opportunity to play in the NFL. I am a very competitive person that does not life taking no for an answer. I am the man for the job and if you if me the opportunity I will show you what I am about.

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

Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens.

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

Ray Lewis , President Obama, and Martin Luther King Jr

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

A house

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