Cedric Nah: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Cedric Nah
School: Coe College
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Before the season I said I wanted to be an all conference level player at least. That was the standard I held myself too, and I was able to accomplish that. Also as a team we set out to win a conference championship, and even though we fell short, we still out together a really good season.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I think the tape I put out this year is my best yet. Coming back and having a brand new DLine Coach really helped unlock a lot of potential that I hadn’t tapped in my career before. I was able to be more effective against the run and the pass and make some really big plays over the course of the season that I might not have made earlier in my career.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I think they would say my best traits are my leadership, my communication, and my coachability. I just try to be a leader on and off the field, not just because it was my responsibility as a captain, but because I want my teammates to have someone they can look too for whatever they need. I also try my best to soak up as much information and knowledge as I can, and share it with the younger guys, and just try to bring them along and help them become the best player they can be as well.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I’m watching myself, the most important thing I look at is how explosive I am off the ball. That sets the tone for the play whether it’s against the run or the pass and is probably the most important part of my game as a d lineman. The next biggest thing I look at is my motor. I know not every move is going to work instantly or on the first try, there are guys across from me who are also really good football players, but being able to keep going until the whistle is something that requires 0 talent. After that, it’s the fine details like hand placement, footwork, can I control the line of scrimmage. When I watch film of an opponent, I’m looking for anything that can give me an edge. Whether it be O Lineman tells, formation tendencies, how does the Tackle I’ll be going against like to set. I like to be able to have a plan going into the game, and adapt from there.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I’m never going to be satisfied with where I’m at, I know there’s always room to grow and new techniques to learn, and I’m always gonna be working and grinding to be better than I was the day before.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Just to do what I’ve been doing all along, use the off-season to get in the best physical shape that I can and taking advantage of time to polish my technique, and work on my weaknesses.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Just being a high character individual between the lines and off the field. Being ready to work and do whatever a team requires of me for us to have the greatest success.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I’m a player that’s gonna show up ready to work and do whatever is needed not only for me to continue improving, but to help my teammates improve, and help the team in any way I can.