Emeka Etta: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Emeka Etta
School: Wayne State College
Position: Outside Linebacker/Nickel/Safety
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
Some of my goals this season were to be an All-Conference Linebacker and bring a winning season back to the program since going over .500 hasn’t happened since 2007. We accomplished that. However not only that, but bring a winning attitude back to the program that would carry on even after us seniors left.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Smart, Fast, and Aggressive.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I will spend a lot of my time on the track getting my speed even faster than what it is, while also putting on good size. My agent has set a nice workout regiment that I believe will have me more than ready.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When I’m studying film, I have the scouting report very close to me looking at the different tendencies like the Quarterback’s eyes, who he likes to throw to in certain situations, the Wide Receiver splits, is it tight split or wide, how often they run a specific play, and who are they keying in most situations. Most of the time, he’s keying me since I’m right in there taking away the seam. I like to get the Quarterback to think that I’m leaving my zone because I move around a lot pre snap.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me from other players is how I can shed blocks easily, allowing me to be in position to make the play. With my speed, I can get to where the open gap is a lot faster than others.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strengths and abilities I bring to the table are very simple. I make the players around me better and make they’re job easier. I’m someone they can count on to get the job done, no excuses. If my job is to reroute #2, consider it done, giving my Safety behind me an easier read. I believe that’s why one of our Safety’s, Glenn Harris, was able to break our school’s single season record with 8 interceptions and the year before with Camron Montgomery getting 7 interceptions.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I’m the guy you have been looking for. A guy who’s an outstanding special teams player who can shift the momentum of the game with hidden yardage. I can run and play fast at multiple positions, whether in the box or man on Slot or TE. I’m ready right now.