Draft Zone Spotlight: Dominique Battle, DB/SS, University of Cincinnati
Dominique Battle is probably one of the most underrated players on the Bearcats defense. He always shows up and gives his all during the game. He is a five year player at Cincy and finished his career with 108 career tackles, 11 pass break ups and 5 interceptions. Keep your eyes open come April for this underrated defensive back that can play all positions in the backfield.
Q:How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
A: I had about 10 to 15 offers coming out of high school. I chose Cincinnati because I wanted to play right away and wanted to win championships.
Q:Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player?
A: Growing up, I always wanted to play basketball but once I got to high school my dream was to play in the NFL.
Q: Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
A: I never really had a favorite team growing up. Being raised in South Florida, I always watched the Miami Dolphins play. Champ Bailey has always been one of my favorite players.
Q: At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
A: When breaking down film, the first thing I like to look at is every third down play the opponent has. I look at the QB’s progression throughout the play if I am playing safety. If I’m at corner then I look at every WR’s routes and try to find a tick of what they may run. The last thing I look at are full games, looking at down and distance, personnel grouping and the play that the team runs to find any tendencies.
Q: What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
A: In high school I made First Team All-State as a CB. In college I won our team’s freshman of the Year Award and Sr. year the “Jim Kelly Hold The Rope Award.”
Q: Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move?
A: Right now I am training hard for pro day March 13, working for a chance to get drafted or picked up by a team.
Q: When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
A: Signing the letter of intent to go to Cincinnati, I realized my dream could come true.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: Do you have any pre game rituals?
A: Nothing major but, I like to put my shoulder pads on 1 minute before we go out for pre game warm up.
Q: What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you?
A: I’m versatile; I can play corner, safety, nickel and special teams. I cover like a corner and hit like a safety. I have high football intelligence.
Q: Have you been invited to any all star games?
A: I was invited to and played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Q: If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
A: I would have to say Charles Woodson. He can play any position in the back end and has knowledge for the game.
Q: What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
A: The most tragic event that has happened to me is getting injured and having to sit on the sideline while my team went 4-8 my junior year. I bounced back by getting healthy and getting my starting spot back to help my team win 4 championships in 5 years.
Q: Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student athlete?
A: My girlfriend and family has always supported me throughout my collegiate career.
Q: What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
A: If I go undrafted my plan is to continue to train and work hard to make a team as an undrafted free agent.
Q: Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
A: My first paycheck is going right to the bank. Maybe I’ll treat myself when I get a second check.
Q: Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 I will be_________________?
A: Working hard, preparing for my rookie season.