Name: Mannie Ogletree
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I set a couple goals which were to play every defensive snap of every game, master multiple techniques, lead the team in INTs, and be All-Conference. I reached all of these goals this season.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say that I am a vital asset to the team. They would say I brought the energy to the team, I’m a fierce competitor, and take pride in being coached.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film, the first thing I do is study the WR that I will be matched on for majority of the game. I key in on his favorite routes, his releases against press coverage, and his antics when going against off man. I look for small details that could give me an edge over him. I pay attention to route combinations based on formation and down and distance.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
The separation between me and other athletes is my desire to be great. I pursue everything in life the same way, head on. All I know is to grind and learn. Athletically the separation is in the multiple techniques I can play as well as positions. I can play Cornerback, Nickel, and Safety. These are things that I have been willing to learn over the years for my team.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Currently, my offseason has started and I plan to play in as many bowl games as possible to continue to compete and be noticed. I also plan to continue training and strengthen any weaknesses. I will also focus on increasing my speed and lateral quickness.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My biggest strength is my availability. I have the tools to play any position on the backend. I am a great lateral mover and use patience to guard slots at the nickel. I can play outside the numbers and use multiple techniques from press or off man. I can also play safety and be a mid-fielder showcasing my pedal, hips, and range. From either of the positions I am a solid tackler and have the physicality to maintain.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
My final pitch is simple. I am Mannie Ogletree the guy that will be first to, and the last to leave. The guy that competes and never takes a rep off. The guy that does not know the difference between practice and game, and prepare for both the same. The guy that is coachable, eager to learn, and just wants a slim chance.