NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: Sean Mardis
Name: Sean Mardis
Position: Runningback / Athlete
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Sean: Physical, Smart, Special.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Sean: I work-out daily, twice most days, time permitting. I alternate days between weight training and speed training. I work on fundamentals on speed days.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
Sean: If I could compare myself to one current or former NFL player it would have to be James Harrison (undrafted free agent) and Marshawn Lynch because of their tenacity and dedication to the game.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Sean: When watching film I focus on the defensive scheme and then I focus on the players that I will be matched up against, their tendencies and how they are as a player, through film study you can tell a lot about the person on the field and how they are mentally. I also look for keys that LB’s give when they are blitzing or dropping into coverage as well as the DL’s front to see when they’re twisting, slanting, etc.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
Sean: The thing that separates me from other players at my position is my versatility. I am able to catch the ball out of the back field, or split out in the slot as well as be very productive in the pass protection game blocking. I also have a very high Football IQ which causes me to make smart plays and know when to do certain things on the field that other players wouldn’t know to do in situations. I am a special player and I can make a big play on Special Teams, such as block a punt or strip the ball on Kickoff, or just force a fumble on Kickoff by my helmet placement when making the tackle.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Sean: On the field I bring a relentless attitude and I come to work hard everyday. I am a natural born leader and winner who can bring a positive attitude to an organization no matter my role on the team. I can affect people with my words and actions. I also have a team first attitude that any GM would love to have on their team. Off of the field I bring leadership skills that include a clean record of never having any off the field issues as well as a charitable person who gives back to the community and loves to help people and will make the organization look even better.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Sean: I love to play football and I will be a great asset to your team. I have a strong work ethic and I have elite level hands to catch the ball out of the backfield or in the slot. I am a punishing blocker and I run extremely hard and have excellent vision. I also have an extremely high football IQ, I have been around NFL players my entire life as well as trained/grew up with multiple NFL players throughout my childhood up through now. (Jameis Winston, Ameer Abdullah, Jericho Cottchery, Zac Stacy, Kalan Reed and many more current and former players!)