Malik Cyphers: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Malik Cyphers
School: Portland State University
Position: Defensive Back
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goals going into my final season of my college career was to impact the game anywhere on the field. Playing multiple positions and including playing special teams to benefit my team come Saturdays.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
My style is a lock down defender, savvy, and versatile with the positions I can play in a defense.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I’ll train like I do every off season, just with a more edge on myself and hungry waiting for an opportunity from a team ready to prove myself.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When studying film, I look at the different tendencies that an offense comes into their games. I break down everything that happens in a game. Formation, down and distances, and receivers and offense of lineman alignments. Any key small detail that will help myself play fast and execute when my number is called.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates myself from this class coming is my high IQ when being on the field. I am very versatile to play any position from CB, Nickel, and Safety as well as playing special teams. Just willing to sacrifice for my teammates and help a program win.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The things I can bring to a team is my perception of what a professional athlete is supposed to do on and off the field. I hold myself to a higher standard and know that I am being watched at all times. Leading by example is important for my teammates and the communities around me. It’s about doing what is right and striving when the time comes.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
My final pitch to all 32 teams in the NFL is that I have a very high IQ, work ethic, passionate, very detailed, very high standard on myself, versatile DB who can play any position and play special teams. Hold myself accountable on and off the field at all times. All I need is a chance to prove myself and take advantage of the opportunity that is in front of me.