Draft Zone Spotlight: Dexter McCoil, S, Tulsa University
Dexter McCoil is probably one of the most underrated football players in the 2013 NFL Draft. I don’t know why media people are not pumping this guy more. He is by far one of the hardest workers in college football. The 6’4, 222 pound safety can play both D-Back and Outside backer. He finished his career with 18 interceptions and has no problem with getting his nose dirty. McCoil will fill a gap and is a very strong and gifted player. The kid is the total package and should hear his name called this month.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
-I had a good bit of offers from schools coming out of high school. Schools like Auburn, TCU, Latech, and Tulsa.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
-My favorite NFL team growing up is the Oakland Raiders and the player I always rooted for was Charles Woodson, Tim Brown, Zack Crockett, and Rod Woodson on the raiders and I loved Sean Taylor from the Washington Redskins
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
-At Safety, I feel there is a lot thing’s I like to breakdown in film work. I firstly break down the QB on his mannerisms such as his footwork on quick game, is he a first look guy, and who his favorite target is. Then I check out the offensive line and see if you can get a pass/run key, and next a look at the favorite routes run by receivers and how they run them, and then see myself on whatever coverage’s we might be running in action to the certain play the offensive might have run on film
Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?
-I am more of a outspoken role model
If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?
-I have been truly blessed so I don’t have any regrets about my pass…
Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is?
-Hobbies include playing Xbox and Ps3, working out, eating, watching movies
Who was the toughest player you have ever played against?
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
-I am Tulsa’s Leading interception leader in school history and Tied for first all time in the conference with 18 picks
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
-Crawfish Etoufee with fried catfish
Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod?
-Slow jams to just chill out sometimes and right before I walk out some webbie, boosie, rick ross, or some music to get me in a game mood
Do you have any pre game rituals?
If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be?
-I think my biggest weakness is to be too aggressive and not let the game just come to me sometimes
Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?
-Yes I have talk to many scouts before pro day at my all-star game and the thing I kept getting was we like your game but didn’t know about my hips and speed, but since pro day is over for me I think I was blessed enough to show the scouts I had good hips and a good 40 yard dash so they have been in contact with my agent on their interest in me since then.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I would say Dashon Gholson is similar to my game I think. We both love to get interceptions, bring the big hit, solid tackler, and can do multiple things inside of the defense.
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
-Losing my grandfather so all of sudden in college, but I know he is proud of me and smiling down on me. The only to bounce back from it was to be strong and know that God has him which can always make smile to the sky any time after.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
-Pay my tithes in church and then buy an apartment in whatever city I am playing in
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
-I definitely would love to have met Sean Taylor…I love his game and try every bit to copy his game and become the great safety he was…RIP to him and may his legacy live on through big safeties like myself….