2017 NFL Draft: DeAndre Scott, Akron Zips
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time DeAndre. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not familiar with you?
DeAndre Scott: Deandre Scott. Born in Florida raised in Maryland. Passionate athlete and devoted guy when it comes to my faith, family and the game of football. Attended Hargrave Military Academy coming out of high school. Graduated and earned my degree. Love the game and play with a chip on my shoulder. Laid back down to earth guy, don’t say to much. Always smiling. Very competitive and have a strong passion for the game of FOOTBALL.
Justin David Kish: You played your college football career as a member of the Akron Zips. Tell us about your time with the Zips?
DeAndre Scott: My time at Akron was one to remember. Coming in, in 2012 as a mid-year freshman not knowing who my coach was gonna be at the time and not having a clue what I was in for. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Graduated and earned my degree as well as helped build a program that wasn’t used to seeing success and being apart of a bunch of devoted guys/coaches to change the culture around the university and program it made me cherish Akron even more. It helped me grow into the person/player I am now. Definitely an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Justin David Kish: You were a big pivotal part of the success of the defense for Akron. Due to your success you were named team captain. How big of an honor was it to be named team captain?
DeAndre Scott: It was an amazing honor. A true blessing. To be named a team captain of a D1A college football team, it’s truly a blessing. Many people dream and want that but don’t ever achieve it. And for those guys to believe in me and elect me as a team captain it showed their trust and belief in me as a person and player to represent the team and university. So it was an honor and true blessing definitively. Forever grateful!
Justin David Kish: During your tenure with Akron you were coached by Chuck Amato (defensive coordinator) and Otis Mounds (pass game coordinator). How has the coaching staff at Akron improved you as a player?
DeAndre Scott: Coach Amato helped out major. He’s always on you for the little things and is always gonna make sure you’re on top of your stuff and handling things so you can be successful as a team/player. He’s helped me become a much more vocal player as well as student of the game. Coach Mounds overall helped me become an complete player. From the film room, to practicing like I want to play in the game going hard every snap to breaking film and opponents down to building my faith, as well as being a leader on and off the field representing my brothers in the best way possible. He brought that tough love. These coaches helped me grow into the player I am. Especially coach mounds.
Justin David Kish: You have played alongside linebacker Jatavis Brown who currently plays for the Chargers. Are you guys still in communication and has he given you any advice?
DeAndre Scott: Yeah that’s my brother. Funny thing is we always were so focused on our business on the field and off we never used to talk a lot then out of nowhere we became really close and to this day we call each other brothers, talk about our future plans and all. He’s definitely helped me out ALOT during this process. Anytime I have a question or something is going on he’s the first person I go to and he always there to give me advice and help me through this process. We push and motivate each other since college. We talk almost everyday.
Justin David Kish: With Akron being apart of the Mid-American Conference you have faced some tough competition. What was one game that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
DeAndre Scott: Being a MAC school we tend to get overlooked because we aren’t the “Power 5” conference or schools. But I can say the game that really brought out the best of me was the Oklahoma game. Going against Sterling Shepherd, Baker Mayfield, Connor Night, Samaji Perkins, Dede Westbrook, and co… It made you play at your best. Besides I love playing on stages like that. I can play with the big boys or whoever. But that game you definitely had to bring your A game or you would’ve got shown up.
Justin David Kish: Being an defensive back you were put up to cover some of the best receivers college football has to offer. What was one wide out that really took you to your limits?
DeAndre Scott: One wideout that tested me the most had to be Tyler Boyd from Pitt and current Cincinnati Bengals receiver. We faced off twice. And each game he brought it. His route running, releases, and smoothness he had the total package you look for in a receiver especially hands and play making ability. So I had to bring my A game unless he would’ve did me like he’s done plenty other DB’s during his time in college.
Justin David Kish: During your time with Akron you created for a number of memories with your brothers at Akron. What is one memory that really stands out from the rest?
DeAndre Scott: The one main memory that stuck out for me was winning the potato bowl. Going on a 4-game winning streak at the end of the season and doing something many people thought we wouldn’t get done it was an amazing feeling and one I will always remember. Being apart of Akrons 1st bowl victory team in Division 1A.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to you to be an Akron Zip?
DeAndre Scott: What it means to be an Akron Zip. To me it means to be filled and carry yourself with great pride. Many people over look Akron because we aren’t a major conference school, we don’t get the big high name recruits and we haven’t had a lot of success in the past but being an Akron zip to me represents FAMILY FOREVER. Because going there for the last 4-5 years that’s exactly what I found and left with. Zip family. Zip nation FOREVER!
Justin David Kish: Your mind has now focused on the NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for upcoming NFL Draft events?
DeAndre Scott: Right now I’m just focused on training 110% everyday. I’m training down in Pearl, MS. Working on everything I need in order to get my body in shape and in tip top shape for pro day. Working on everything that I need work on.
Justin David Kish: When you look at game film on yourself what are some things you look out for?
DeAndre Scott: Hustle, aggression, mentality, assignment (did I do the right assignment or not), competing, and am I playing like I’m the best one out on the field. As well as energy and tenacity.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your strength’s and weakness’s?
DeAndre Scott: Strengths: knowledge of the game, aggressive corner, physical, play maker, can play man or zone, versatile, can play press or off. Weaknesses: tackling.
Justin David Kish: You are a natural cornerbacker but have experienced playing any other positions that you would be open to playing at the next level?
DeAndre Scott: FS, Nickel, Dime.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any current professional football cornerbacker who would you compare yourself to and why?
DeAndre Scott: Joe Haden and because I feel we have the same size and play just alike as far as play making ability and tenacity. I think i play a little bit like honey badger too! Just my passion for the game.
Justin David Kish: My next question, if I was an NFL general manager why should I draft DeAndre Scott?
DeAndre Scott: You should draft me because I’m a blue collar worker. I’m not a problem off the field. I’m gonna give you everything I have in my body and do whatever it takes to make sure you make your investment in me worth it. I can play multiple positions, i volunteer in the community and I can also bring a play making ability to your team along with an winning attitude to contribute any way I can. On special teams as well as fighting for a starting position.
Random 5 with DeAndre Scott
Do you have any guilty pleasures? A guilty pleasure I have is listening to old school r&b hits and sing along with them.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? Listen to a T.D. James sermon, pray, Then turn on my music playlist before every game.
Who do you think is the 2016 NFL MVP? Hands down Tom Brady.
Who is the best cornerback in the NFL today? Jason Verrett or Chris Harris Jr.? Chris Harris Jr. he’s a beast and he was overlooked and an underdog same as me! And his numbers/play proves it every year.
Who is the best all-time cornerback in the NFL? Ronnie Lott or Deion Sanders? No question Deion “Primetime” Sanders.