Name: Eddie Graham
School: Tennessee State University
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
After finding my way to D1 FCS after going D3 out of high school then NAIA my goal was to show coaches and scouts that I can run with the “big boys”. I wanted to come out of this season with at least 2 interceptions which I did.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
To simply answer this question, networking is the best thing I did. After Eddie George offered me, I knew I had to come here and make the most out of it. I have become close with a lot of the coaches in the office building and created great relationships. While becoming close with the coaches I now call friends, they taught me how to better understand the game and what to expect at the next level. Having a pro mentality after spending an entire season with them makes all the difference.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would tell you that I am a program guy who makes everyone around him better. They will tell you that when I’m in the building I make everyone work harder, and when I’m in that field I am the DIFFERENCE! “Eddie Graham is a dude”.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I watch myself on tape, I always write my weaknesses from each practice and game. If it’s something I can’t fix on my own, I go to my coach and ask him to drill a certain technique or whatever it is at practice. If it’s something I know I lack that another teammate of mine does well, I will watch them do it and perfect it and be the best at it. I watch many guys who are great at the game and build off of what they do best.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
One of the biggest corners in the nation that can run with anyone that can make plays at a high level and simplify the game for those who are on that field with me. I create a form of trust from the coaches that allows them to make the calls they want to call. Showing up in the box is one of my favorite things to do, but when that ball is in the air there’s a high chance it’s coming home with me. Tackling and covering I can do it all, not many guys out there can do both.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I’ve had the luxury of meeting a man by the name of Virgil O’Neal who has been with me for over 10 years. He knows the game well, he knows what I need to work on not just on the field but off. Having a trainer who keeps your mentality and attitude in check is key to being able to push through hard training sessions and the highs and lows of life. This persistent training will always keep me moving in the right direction.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Teams will be able to trust me out there on an island covering whoever I need to cover and understanding the assignment. Off the field, I will make the players a part of the organization realize there is a pro mentality you must uphold and maintain to stay available in this line of work. My hard work and dedication is contagious.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
For the teams that want a bump and run corner or nickel who can keep up with the fastest guy on the field with the ability to make open tackles in space, you know where to find me. I’ve got a high level of football IQ that most guys in the league don’t have. On special teams, I can play anything and even kick from anywhere on the field. I’ve put it on tape at every level there’s no reason why I can’t at the next.