Overview: DeAndre Elliott was a red shirt senior who played cornerback for Colorado State University. He is a very athletic cornerback that has great size and speed. He had a career total of 124 tackles, 92 of which of were solo, and had 7 interceptions for 124 yards. He was one of the players selected to participate in the NFL Combine.
I had the pleasure of interviewing DeAndre, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Colorado State University?
DE: Well I am from Oak Cliff, Texas a lil slum area located in Dallas. I was raised in a single parent household, growing up it was just me and my mom. Also my uncle Randy, Lawerence, Ray played a big role in my life. I went to the famous Dallas Carter from Friday Night Lights the movie. I wasn’t heavily recruited and I wasn’t a 4 or 3 star athlete coming out of high school. However, I was recruited by North Texas, Utah and Arizona but Colorado State recruited me hard and I was able to go on a official visit with my mom. When we go there she fell in love with Fort Collins. Since my mom is one of the most important people in my life, and on top of that I am a big time mama’s boy and what mama says goes! So from that day on I was a ram!
C: There are many talented college athletes that don’t get the opportunity to participate in the NFL Combine. For you to be there in front of scouts and executives showing your talents, what did that mean for you?
DE: It was truly a blessing, a lot of people wish for a opportunity like that. I’m just grateful that I was able to go and compete with the other athletes around the country and prove that I can compete with the best of the best. Truly a humbling and grateful experience for me, especially coming from a underrated school such as CSU. A lot of people haven’t heard of my school or me so it was great chance to put us more on the map.
C: What was the process like?
DE: The process is a grind, the best things in life don’t come easy. Some days are harder than others but you fight through it because each day is another day closer to your dreams.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
DE: My strengths are I’m a big, athletic, all around corner, smart, a willing tackler, instinctive, physical smart football player. My weakness if I had to pick something, I would say you can always get better at technique. Because one wrong foot placement or hand placement and your beat on the next level.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
DE: What separates me from others is that I’m big athletic corner, I’m a rare breed. Plus I’m all around football payer and junkie. If the coach want me to go kick field goals then looks like we getting extra points. I’m willing to play any position on the field. I just love the game, without football I don’t know what I would do.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
DE: Awwww man, I cant just pick one, I think I’m a mixture of some players.
1 cup of Richard Sherman’s Football IQ.
1 cup of Patrick Peterson’s Athleticism.
1 cup of Darrelle Revis’s Technique.
1 teaspoon of Deion Sanders’s swag.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
DE: I’ve faced a lot of good players in my career such as Rashard Higgins, Jay Ajayi, Kellen Moore, Matt Miller, A.J McCarron, Derek Carr, Davante Adams, Isaiah Burse among many more but the best toughest one may be Derek Carr he is very precise and accurate he got me a couple times and I got him a couple times.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
DE: No big time rituals besides I have to get my nap in on the bus ride over to the stadium while my music is bumping. As soon as I get there I have to walk the field and touch the goal post 3 times for my granny, my uncle Ray and my cousin Stacy who all passed away.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
DE: Hard work beats talent, when talents fails to work hard. Also to be a pro you must first act like a pro.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Colorado State University?
DE: My first interception my freshmen year vs Hawaii, Once I got my hands on it there was nobody on that field that was going to stop me from going to the end zone. (76yd touchdown)
Locker Room Update would like to thank DeAndre Elliott for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
Follow him on Twitter: @agentdre0019