2018 NFL Draft: Steven Ferreira, Cortland University
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Steven. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Steven Ferreira: I have an undergraduate degree in Business Economics and am currently enrolled in the master’s program at Cortland for Sports Management.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Cortland University. Tell us about your time spent with the Red Dragons?
Steven Ferreira: My experience at Cortland was a great one. Transferring from Stony Brook University I was welcomed into a close-knit family and was eager to compete at such a competitive level.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure with Cortland you were coached by head coach Dan MacNeill. How did Coach MacNeill and his coaching staff improve you as a player?
Steven Ferreira: Our mentality at Cortland was “plus 2” which meant that whatever was required you were expected above and beyond that limit. This really helped me develop that mindset to become a better player not only on the field but off the field as well.
Justin David Kish: Cortland plays in the Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference. You played against teams like St. John Fisher, Buffalo State and rival Ithaca College. What was one game that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Steven Ferreira: Actually we moved to the Empire 8 Conference my first year transferring. The game that really took me to my limits and brought out the best in me was playing against Brockport. Mentally and physically this game demanded a lot and I was ready for the challenge.
Justin David Kish: Being a quarterback you played against some of the toughest defenses in Division III. What was one player or defense that really challenged you and how did you fair?
Steven Ferreira: Brockport’s defense I would say was the toughest defense we faced. They had a very complex scheme. I had 4 touchdowns,385 passing yards and a completion rate of 71%.
Justin David Kish: During your time at Cortland you created so many great memories with your teammates on the field. What is one memory that you will forever remember with Cortland?
Steven Ferreira: My first year transferring and my first season starting (2015) we spent Thanksgiving in Oregon. We flew on a private plane to Oregon where we faced Linfield in the second round of the playoffs. It was a great experience with a great group of guys.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Cortland Red Dragon?
Steven Ferreira: It means a lot just from seeing all of the alumni come back to games and support really makes me appreciate being Red Dragon.
Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus on the upcoming draft. How are you currently preparing for the draft and other future pro opportunities?
Steven Ferreira: I am currently training at a facility which is enhancing my ability to become a better quarterback.
Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the other draft-eligible quarterbacks?
Steven Ferreira: What separates me is my leadership abilities and ability to prevail in clutch moments. I follow these three words: calm, cool, and collected. It allows me to be able to strive in those big-time moments.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game do you consider your biggest strength?
Steven Ferreira: Having the knowledge for the game and being able to read coverages defensive schemes and tendencies that say a corner or safety will give away.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are improving on?
Steven Ferreira: Flexibility. Becoming more flexible to be able to absorb hits.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film what are you looking at?
Steven Ferreira: I start my focus on the little aspects of what a cornerback or safety would do to give away the coverage. Any slight movement, any tendencies they have, key on that. Same goes for the Linebackers keying their tendencies on their blitz/coverage techniques.
Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career that you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Steven Ferreira: When I was injured I took that experience to really focus on my diet and improve my flexibility to remain healthy and to come back faster and stronger.
Justin David Kish: What is your preparation for game day like?
Steven Ferreira: Getting to bed early the night before, going over the game plan while having a nutritional breakfast before the game, putting my headphones on and getting in the zone.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Steven Ferreira: Taking the role of a quarterback you need to be able to lead your teammates. I believe this is one of my strongest aspects not only as a player but as a person off of the field. Being a great leader earned me the role of becoming a captain for the Red Dragons two years in a row.
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 NFL quarterback who would it be and why?
Steven Ferreira: I have been compared to having the playing ability of Aaron Rodgers and the mindset and brain of Tom Brady.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Steven Ferreira?
Steven Ferreira: I am a determined person who will work for his moment. I do not expect any easy routes to be taken and I will give it my all on everything I do for your organization.