Samer Manna: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Samer Manna
School: Wesley College
Position: Linebacker/Long Snapper
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
Heading into my final collegiate season, some of my goals were to progressively become a better leader on and off the field, win our conference out right by beating everyone on our regular season schedule, be the most dominant and aggressive defense in the country, and finally to have my team and I win a national championship.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Instinctive, aggressive, and competitive.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Right now I’m training 6 days a week, 4 days I am lifting and working on my snapping mechanics and form and the other 2 days is speed and agility training.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When I’m watching film, a big thing for Linebackers to watch and study is the offense’s Lineman. Picking up on tendencies between a run play and a pass play is huge. Also, I look for how Receivers and Running Backs line up for each play, as weird as it sounds, but most of the time their stance will give away the play. One final thing I really focus on is formation recognition, you can really call out a play before it happens based off of a formation.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me from other players at the Linebacker position is that I am a big student of the game, film study plays a huge part in my success and my preparation for games, practice, and anything for the betterment of the team is beyond anyone.
What separates me from other players at the Long Snapper position is that unlike most Long Snappers, I can snap the ball with high velocity and accuracy and still get down field fast and make a tackle.
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 that I can bring are being a competitor and a true passionate warrior on the field. I can take what I learn in film study and meetings and translate it to the field and be very coachable. Off the field, I’m not one who really likes attention, I am very humble and stay to myself and that has helped me grow throughout my four years of college football.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Choosing me to play for your organization, you will be getting an eager, coachable, and passionate player. I come from a division 3 school where I payed my tuition every year just to be able to play the game I love. There were no incentives and extra factors that lead me to continue my football career in college, but it was the true passion I had for the game and with that I can bring great success to your organization. Loyalty and trust as well as progression in my play and giving it 110% of my effort all the time is what I can guarantee.