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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marvin Manassa, CB, Stevenson University

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marvin Manassa, CB, Stevenson University
Marvin Manassa the standout defensive back from Stevenson University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Marvin Manassa 
  • Position: Corner/ Defensive Back
  • College: Stevenson University 
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 175 lbs
  • Instagram: Flyyy.marvin 

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft

What makes me a top prospect from the other pro prospects in my position is my versatility. I excel in various defensive roles – cornerback, hybrid defensive back(Nickel back), and safety – which provides a versatile skill set to adapt to different game scenarios. I first started playing corner my Freshman year of College, As I’m Starting as a cornerback during my Freshman year in college (2019), I embraced the challenge and began developing my skills in that position. Each year marked significant growth in my game, showcasing improvement and adaptability across multiple positions. As my stats progress every year I’ve played, this reflects my dedication to becoming a more versatile and impactful player on the field.

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At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I developed a passion for football at the age of 6, transitioning from soccer to embracing the thrill and camaraderie of the gridiron on the football field. My love for the game of football came intuition after that. 

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

NFL teams should know that my adaptability and versatility extend beyond the field; I bring a strong work ethic, commitment to teamwork, and leadership qualities that can develop into a successful team dynamic.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

If I could donate to one cause, it would be to any program supporting initiatives that promote youth sports and education. I would like to provide opportunities for growth and development to other student-athletes. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I’ve received is to “embrace challenges as opportunities for growth,”. My father, Marvin Manassa Sr., taught me to have a mindset that can fuel my determination on and off the football field in order for success to happen. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero was Spiderman, whose remarkable agility, unwillingness sense of responsibility, and determination. He could navigate challenging situations. As a little kid, he inspired me to pursue excellence in everything I do.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

The most underrated teammates in my locker room at Stevenson is the ones on the defensive side of the ball who’ve also gotten All-MAC Recognition. In addition to my accomplishments, I’m fortunate to play alongside remarkable teammates who have also earned MAC All-Conference recognition on the defensive side of the ball. Their dedication and stellar performances contribute significantly to our team’s success, showcasing the depth and talent within our defensive unit.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is the lack of accountability, as I believe taking responsibility is fundamental to personal and team success.

Who is your favorite teacher ever? 

My favorite professor ever is Dr. Harris, who made learning engaging and inspired my academic pursuits in Business Communication. 

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

Overcoming the adversity of getting under-recruited throughout high school. It defined my character, teaching me resilience and determination that translated onto the football field once I got into College in my Freshman year. 

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

Stevenson holds a special place for its supportive community. Fostering personal and athletic growth while providing a strong foundation for my studies in Business Communication. Developing connections and relationships that’ll last a lifetime. 

If you could have any franchise restaurant in your house what would it be?

If I could have any franchise restaurant in my house, it would be Chick-fil-A Restaurant, bringing a taste of comfort and familiarity to my home.

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack food is Rice Krispy Treats. It’s my go-to treat that fuels my energy during intense training sessions and game days.

What is your degree in? 

My degree is in Business Communication, equipping me with valuable skills in effective communication and strategic thinking.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

In one sentence, I would describe myself as a versatile, dedicated student-athlete with a relentless drive for success on and off the field.

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

If I could compare my play to one player in the NFL, it would be Devon Witherspoon and D.J. Reed. I like watching the film and mirroring their style with adaptability in various defensive roles to fit the scheme on the defensive side of the ball.

What is your favorite game to play at the carnival/theme park?

My favorite game to play at the carnival/theme park is the basketball hoop game. I tended to win those games when I was younger and took home a different prize.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

If I could have dinner with three people dead or alive, it would be Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders, and LeBron James as their stories and wisdom would provide unique perspectives on life and success.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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