Name: Marcus Albert
School: North Carolina A&T
Position: Strong Safety/Rover
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goals headed into this season were to continue to be a vocal leader, not just for the defense, but the the whole team and to make All-Conference. Last year, we fell short of going to the National Championship and as a Senior captain, one of my main focuses was making sure the team bought in so we didn’t have a relapse of that. Everyone did and we were able to win the Celebration Bowl 2 out of the 3 years it’s been around.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Physical, Vocal, and Instinctive.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
As I prepare for the draft, I will be training at a facility in Atlanta called All In Performance, Monday through Saturday. My main focus will be on increasing my flexibility and mobility to help with my agility while increasing my power and speed
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When studying film, I’m focusing on any signs or tips the offense may give away. I break down my film study in ways such as situations in down and distance, personnel groupings, alignments, what worked or didn’t work for them offensively, and the Quarterbacks landmarks when they’re throwing and the Wide Receiver’s spacing when they’re running their routes.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me from others in my position, I would say is my versatility. I can play in the box, but I can also line up outside and play in open field. My ability to be able to read the body language of Running Backs and Receivers and the eyes of the Quarterback gives me the extra tip to play and diagnose a play faster then others would be able to do. I don’t only know what my responsibility is on each play, but I’m aware of those around me as far as their drops and where they should be fitting in the run game. I like to refer to myself as a General because I’m the one that keeps everybody calm when things are not going well, but also will help my guys around me and tell them what I’m noticing so they can catch it the next time around.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strengths and abilities that I can bring to a team is that I’m a quick learner of the playbook. I can see and hear it once and be able to take it to the field right after and apply it. My biggest strengths are that I’m versatile, tough, anf have a knack on making big plays. My speed with the size I am is rare to find these days. Off the field, I’m always where I’m suppose to be on time. I’ve never missed a weight training session or meeting. I’m a player that will go out on my own and put in the extra time, whether it’s in the film room, weight room, or even outside on the field working on the little things such as technique.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Pro scouts will not find a more team oriented player like I am. Wherever a team needs me to play, I will because team success is big to me. I’m someone that loves and has a true passion for the game of football. I’m willing to put in the time and effort to reach the goal ahead.