NFL Draft Diamonds Spotlight Interview: Quindell Dean, LB, Slippery Rock
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
I was recruited by a lot the DI schools coming out if high school. Some of the bigger schools were WVU, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Pitt, Marshall. All of the MAC conference school like Toledo, and Kent, and Akron. As well as all of the locals schools like CAL U, and SRU.
How did you come to make your college decision?
Well academics was a big factor in my decision along with football.
Where are you training, and what are your goals for pro day/combines?
Right now I’m currently up SRU working with my strength coaches. I don’t have the exact dates for the pro days / combine yet. Right now I’m striving to be the best athlete at the pro day and the combine when that days arrives.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I haven’t met with any scouts, but my agent has been in contact with some scouts and is taking care of that aspect while I’m training hard every day.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
First off I am relentless. That’s our motto here for SRU defense and that’ll never change. I will give you 110 % every play.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When I’m breaking down film I look for weaknesses. I study the QB all the way down from the running back to the offensive line. I study tendencies on the run/pass that really helps me narrow down the consistency of the offense I’m going against.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
The toughest player I ever played against was an all American running back named Akeem Satterfield. He played for the Rock last year and was one of the toughest kids I’ve ever seen run the ball. Going against him everyday in practice was great.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I would say Jason Worilds bc he’s relentless he covers the field well and he’s a sideline to sideline type player like myself.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle was going back to school after leaving Toledo after my first year to help my mom. I thought I was never going to go back to school after taking off for 2 and a half years, but I did. And here we are today.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I’m that type of player that can adapt to any style of play based on my versatility. I love to cover I love to tackle and I love team chemistry. I want to go to a team that I can help win a Super Bowl/Championship period.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is communication and getting my job done. Without that, what are you out there for.
What is your biggest weakness?
I would have to say getting my 225 max reps up. I’m the type of player who stays in the weight room so I won’t have that problem when my pro days arrive.
If I were a GM and gave you a minute to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am a very versatile and athletic. I am a team player, I have great leadership, I get work done, I’m a clutch player, Every snap out there you will get the best of my ability. I’m here to win!
Growing up, who was your role model?
Ray Lewis, and Troy Polumalu. Those two players are true leaders, relentless and don’t ever take no for an answer.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I’m a NY Giants because I grew up in Jersey. But my favorite player is Troy Polumalu. His game play speaks for itself and I try to play every snap like him. His style is just impeccable he’s relentless!
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary, and Patrick Willis.