Draft Zone Spotlight: D’Mario Gunn, DB, Georgia State
D’Mario Gunn is a very solid defensive back with great motor skills. He has the skills to play both Safety and Cornerback at the next level. Gunn is GSU’s fourth-leading tackler on the season with 56 hits, four tackles for loss, two interceptions and two pass breakups and set the GSU record with a 73-yard interception return against ODU. Gunn could be the next Panther to end up in the NFL.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
I was recruited by several Division I football programs, but I had to attend junior college at Georgia Military Academy after graduating from high school, because I had not applied myself in the classroom; I was only concentrated on sports at that time.
Has it always been your dream to be a NFL football Player?
Yes. Since I started playing football when I was young, I have always believed that I have the talent to play in the NFL. I have worked hard throughout my football career to make my dreams a reality, and I am still doing so.
Who was your favorite team and what player did you root for?
I do not have a favorite team, but I always rooted for Michael Vick.
At your position, how do you break down film?
I focus on the details when breaking down film. For instance, I focus on the quarterback’s hand signals, the wide receiver’s foot position when running particular routes, and the wide receiver’s position on the field in certain formations. I am ultimately looking for tendencies.
What is the best award you have received playing football?
Although it is not an individual award, it would have to be reaching the playoffs for the first time in school history during my senior year in high school. I caught an 80-yard touchdown pass in the last minute of the game to defeat the top-ranked football team in the State of Georgia.
Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move?
Working hard to prepare myself for my Pro-Day at Georgia State on March 14th and I plan to return to Georgia State to complete my degree.
When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
After my second year at Georgia Military College. My coaches said that I had great size and an amazing skill set. My coach at the time, James Johnson, said that, if I work hard and maintain my focus, I will have a chance to make it to the NFL.
What is your favorite food?
Do you have any pre game rituals?
Not really. I just like to get into a relaxed mental state.
What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you?
I would tell teams to focus on my ability to cover wide receivers in bump-in-run coverage, my ability to defeat blocks to cover the run, and my ability to play multiple positions in the defensive backfield. I believe that these abilities would make me a valuable asset to any team. Plus, I am a great teammate.
Have you been invited to any all star games?
Yes. I was invited to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I would have to say Charles Woodson, because he can play multiple positions in the defensive backfield.
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
I have been blessed not to have experienced much tragedy in my life. However, it was somewhat tragic when I was unable to play Division I football out of high school. In any event, I enjoyed my time at Georgia Military Academy and learned a lot during my time there.
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 everything for me. I have a great-grandfather and uncle who have kept me on the right track. My mother has been there every step of the way as well. I do everything to make her proud because of the sacrifices she has made for me. Also, my close friend and teammate, Demazio Skelton.
What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
If football is not in my future, I plan to be a teacher and football coach at either the high school or college level.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
Probably a bucket of chicken wings from Wing Stop. Really.
Finish this sentence for me, come July 2013 I will be …..
…..in an NFL training camp preparing for the 2013-14 season, hopefully.