2019 NFL Draft Interview: Markquise Simmons, Linebacker, Northern Arizona

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for the time Markquise. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Markquise Simmons: I have a speech impediment, I love animals, reading books, working out and dancing. 

Justin David Kish: You played college football at Northern Arizona University. Tell us about your time at NAU?

Markquise Simmons: I had a great experience playing with a lot of great players like Emmanuel Butler, Kamron Johnson. I had a lot of fun, met a lot of great people and lifelong relationships that will last a lifetime. I will forever cherish my time I had at NAU. 

Justin David Kish: While at NAU you were coached by head coach Jerome Souers and defensive coordinator Andy Thompson. What did you learn under the teachings of Coach Souers and Coach Thompson?

Markquise Simmons: I’m Thankful for the both of them. They taught me how to use my hands to take on blocks, tackle well, and effort. Effort is huge to get to the ball.

Justin David Kish: Playing in the Big Sky Conference of the FCS you play teams like Eastern Washington, Weber State, and North Dakota. When you look back on your career what is one game that really took you to your limits?

Markquise Simmons: Eastern Washington and UC Davis really challenged me in the passing game. Had to guard receivers that were really fast. I had my fair share of good plays and they did also.

Justin David Kish: Being a linebacker you played against of the best offensive players in the FCS. Who was the toughest player that you played against in your career? And how did you fair in the encounter?

Markquise Simmons: Toughest player would have to be Simba Webster, WR, Eastern Washington. I didn’t have to guard him, but I realized after that day, I need to be faster.

Justin David Kish: You created so many memories with your teammates at NAU. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?

Markquise Simmons: When we played ISU and their RB was an NFL prospect so everybody acted timid to hit him. I eventually hit him really hard and my teammates were cheering me on. I also caused a forced fumble on their other RB.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be an NAU Lumberjack?

Markquise Simmons: A lumberjack is no matter the situation, always keep chopping, always keep moving forward no matter what ur going through. You have to have grit.  

Justin David Kish: You are now on your road to playing professional football. Give us some of your measurables?

Markquise Simmons: 6’0, 230, high 4.7’s

Justin David Kish: How are you currently preparing yourself for the 2019 NFL Draft and other pro opportunities?

Markquise Simmons: Haven’t found an agent or where I’m training at yet, but I shall find out real soon. 

Justin David Kish: When you look at the draft-eligible linebackers heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, how do you stand out from the rest?

Markquise Simmons: I stand out from the rest because of my relentless effort to get to the ball and I make tackles all over the field.

Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?

Markquise Simmons: During my last season, I sprained my ankle during the season and made it back the next week. I learned to give all my problems to God, work hard, and let him handle it, and at the end of the day I’m always going to be alright.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team at NAU?

Markquise Simmons: When I’m older and decide to get married, I’m inviting all my teammates to the wedding because we created brotherhood. 

Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game do you consider your biggest strength and what is one area you are working on improving?

Markquise Simmons: Biggest strength would be my tackling and effort. The area that needs improving is my hands taking on blocks.

Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day off look like for you?

Markquise Simmons: I go to school most of the week, workout/train, and sometimes play basketball. Other than that I’m relaxing in my bed.

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions, I am going to put you on the line. If you could compare yourself to any current pro football linebacker who would it be and why?

Markquise Simmons: I can’t compare myself to anybody because I’m a new generation type of LB. If I had to it would Luke Kuechly.

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Markquise Simmons?

Markquise Simmons: You should draft me because I’m a rambunctious worker, I’m a team player, and I’m going to be an asset on any team I go too. I love football. 

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