NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: Markus Cook

Name: Markus Cook
College: Jackson State
Position: Center/Guard
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 315

Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?

Markus: Filthy, Violent, and Smart.

Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?

Markus: I am training with my strength coach Lavell Williams at Jackson State University. I want to continue to work on my technique and explosion. I also want to work on becoming before bigger, faster, and stronger for the next level.

Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?

Markus: I would compare my style of play to Maurkice Pouncey. I like the way he pulls from the center position, and finishes his blocks. I model a lot of my game after him.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?

Markus: When I’m studying film, I study the whole defense. As a center, you are the quarterback of the offensive line. You have to know all the different looks that a defense may give you. I like to watch a team’s blitzes and pressures. I also look for line movement in the defensive line, and look for stacks in linebackers and safeties because they show where the pressure is coming from. I observe how the linebackers fit the run, and think of ways that my team can exploit their defense. On the players I’m facing, I like to watch them in the 4th quarter because that’s where most players show what they really do.

Q: What separates you from other players at your position?

Markus: I’m very quick off the ball and technique sound. I can also stop a bullrush in pass protection, and create running lanes in run blocking. I can make all the calls needed from the center position as well. Another strength that I have, is cleaning the pocket in pass protection, when I’m free I try to destroy any defender in sight.

Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

Markus: The ability to give maximum effort will stand out to any team. I will play with my hands, and as violent as possible. My knowledge of the game can really help a team and my teammates as well. Also, I’m a leader, I like to take control and help my teammates become better players. Off the field, I am a special education major. I’m a very caring person which translates on and off the field. Lastly, I’m a bright young man who can comprehend material in a timely manner which will help me learn the playbook on the next level.

Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

Markus: I’m a player who is going to do anything possible that can to help your organization. I will give diligent effort everyday, and I am committed to being the best football player that I can possibly be. If you take a chance on me, I promise I will not let you down. All I need is a shot to prove myself.

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  • February 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    I think Markus Cook will be a great offense guard and center .just from watching him the whole season .I think he do very well in the National Football League. if given the opportunity That is my opinion .Jackson State University program always have been great producing superstars in the NFL all the way back 1963 I remember great players like the late great Walter Payton , from Jackson Mississippi ,Robert Brazil from Mobile Alabama ,Ricky young from Mobile Alabama, Don Reese from Mobile Alabama,

    All these guys around my age I went to high school with them they went on into the NFL and became great NFL stars 👍

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