Draft Zone Spotlight: Rashaan Melvin, DB, Northern Illinois University
Rashaan Melvin has the size to be a first round pick, he plays extremely well at corner back and has the stats to prove he is worthy. So my question is WHY, is this 6’2 corner back getting over looked? Rashaan tallied 117 tackles, 13 pass breakups and five interceptions in three seasons with the Huskies. He is very physical and stays in the face of his competitors. They don’t have a section at Northern Illinois called “Melvin Island” for nothing, this kid is a shut down corner, and will definitely get looks from NFL teams. Keep an eye on this stud corner back, who walked on to NIU.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
Around 3 or 4 schools, but only scholarship offers came from D2 schools. I decided to go to NIU as a preferred walk-on, because I felt I belonged on a bigger stage and wanted to prove myself.
Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player?
Yes, ever since I could remember. Come this July, I’m confident that it will come to fruition.Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
I was a Bears fan, of course, but my favorite player was Deion Sanders.
What is your best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
Being a team captain for my NIU Huskies, and leading my team to two consecutive MAC Championships, in three straight appearances, as well as EARNING our way to play in the Orange Bowl this season.
I enjoy being a leader, along with all responsibilities that come with it.Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move?
To train hard, and prove to every team on March 8th that I am worthy of being drafted, and will make an immediate impact for whichever team I am fortunate enough to play for. I plan on being in the league for a long time, and be a great example for kids, both on and off the field.When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
Once I stepped foot on the field in my first college game, it proved to me that no matter what path you take in life, anything is possible through God.
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
Anything and everything…I love food!
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
make sure I do the same routine prior to every game. I guess you can call that superstitious, but it’s been working, so I’m not going to mess with it.What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you?
I had to fight for EVERYTHING my entire life and don’t expect anything to be just handed to me. It means much more to me when I earn what I deserve, and will prove to them immediately that they made the right decision, both by my play,as well as character.Have you been invited to any all-star games?
TVNIf you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
Charles Woodson. I have size, speed and ability to be versatile and make plays. I never let up.
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
When I was around ten years-old, I vividly remember both of my parents in prison, simultaneously. During that time, my older sisters kept us all together, and thinking positively.
Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student athlete.
My family has been supportive through everything, kept me grounded and balanced. What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
Same plan as if I were to be drafted…Go to a camp with a chip on my shoulder and do whatever it takes in order to prove to my team, coaches and entire franchise that I belong there, and earn a spot on the 53 man roster.Everyone asks this question, but I’m curious to know what will you buy with your first NFL paycheck?
I really haven’t thought that far ahead… Though I plan on being pretty conservative. Once I sign my SECOND contract, I will buy my family a house.Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 I will be:
…in an NFL camp, making a name for myself and showcasing my athletic ability, work-ethic and leadership qualities.