Malik Crenshaw: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Malik Crenshaw
School: East Central University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goal I set for myself before the 2021 season was to be better than I was last in 2019. I never focused on the statistical part, but Rather focused on playing faster and being more comfortable. I strongly believe if you had to turn on my film from my Junior year (2019) and compare it to this past season (2021), you can see the change in my play style and speed. I played a lot more faster and a lot more physical.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I took advantage of the Covid year to increase my chances of playing at the next level by finding ways to get mentally and physically better. The Covid year first impacted me in a negative way, but I found ways to make myself comfortable in uncomfortable situations in order to adapt.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I would honestly say that teammates would describe me as a selfless team player due to my ability of leading by example rather than being vocal. As for my coaches, I would say that they would describe me as a coachable player because of the way I am able to soak in the knowledge provided by them and the way I am well disciplined.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When watching myself on film, one thing I try to focus on is making sure I am doing my 1/11, whether it is setting the edge or rushing the passer. When doing my job, I also pay attention to my get off because I feel that my get off gives me a higher chance of winning my 1 on 1 battles, along with utilizing different techniques to use my length. Lastly, I critique the way I defend the run. As a player, I feel my biggest weakness was defending the run. However, I believe I defended the run pretty well this past season, but I still feel that this is something that I can improve on.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other prospects in my position is I am always finding ways to be a better player and will maximize my role to the fullest extent in order for the team to be successful, not just me. I am also a very coachable player and will do whatever it takes to get better.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
This off-season, I plan on focusing on finding ways to work on my craft and get in the best shape I can for Pro Day. I also want to focus on my weaknesses and turn them into my strengths.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strengths and abilities that I will bring to a team is always having a positive attitude and a strong aura. Another ability and strength that I have as a player is finding different ways to be mentally and physically better on and off the field.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I’m ready to make a difference. It doesn’t matter where I am needed, I’m ready to go to work. I’m willing to do whatever it takes.
YEAR 4 ✅ I Can’t wait to see what’s Next! ✌🏾🖤🧡#CRENSHAW pic.twitter.com/AiPDiDOfpV— C R E N S H A W 🥶🖤 (@TeamCrenshaw8) December 5, 2021