Name: Christian Santos
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I wanted to go All-Conference or All-American at my position this year, and despite missing 3 games, I was fortunate enough to make one of those goals.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I believe my team and coaches would say I have a work ethic that stands out from the rest. I love the grind and the sport of football and all that comes with it. The mental, physical and personal side of the game. I’m always trying to better my craft by watching the game, working on myself and encouraging my teammates.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When watching film, I like to study my opponents route running, blocking tendencies, play recognition based on personal and formation. In addition to QB tendencies and Tackle tendencies to aid me in my blitz angles and techniques. Finally, I like to yell down and distance every play, and study film based on what they like to do on certain downs.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me is my drive to be the best at my position and that involves doing the little things. Studying the game and my opponent, preparing physically and mentally, and the desire to build chemistry with my teammates to improve effective communication. I also believe I have a great balance of speed, explosion, and IQ of the game that separates me from other prospects
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I have made great leaps in the weight room and will continue to be consistent in there. In addition, I am running track to enhance my speed and conditioning. Finally, I will work on my combine drills and ensure that I am ready from any opportunity.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I believe I am a great asset to any team I am apart of because of my upbringing and desire to be great in everything I do. On the field I have a dog mentality that refuses to be beaten mentally or physically and that feeds my drive in film study and the weight room. I believe that having chemistry with everyone on your team breeds selfishness and a healthy working environment. That means getting to know your team on and off the field and spending time together. Also on the side I am a co-founder of my non-profit ODAAP (open door abuse awareness) which aids in the fight against domestic abuse.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
I believe I am an underdog who only knows the grind and my film will show that. I am very versatile and can be an asset to anyone’s team given the opportunity.