Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Daniel Masifilo, CB, Hawaii
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Colorado, UNLV, Wyoming. Arizona State after Junior College.
Where did you choose and why?
I had to take the Junior College route. Played two years at Mount San Antonio Junior College winning back to back National Championships.
What were your goals for your senior year?
Win a championship and make the all mountain-west team.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I Talked to a couple scouts after pro day, they said I did really good. The Seattle Seahawk scout told me I looked good during drills.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I’m a raw athlete. I’m a tall, physical, agile cornerback in the game that’s changing. Being a former receiver I understand what offenses and receivers tend to do. So I’d say my football IQ would be my strength as well as being a physical cornerback.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
Formations, favorite route concepts, go-to plays, WR tendencies, QB tendencies, anything to give me an edge. I study the offense as if I’m studying for a final exam. The more you know, the more confident you’ll feel on the field.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
I’d say the slot receiver from Wyoming was a good receiver.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Being a walk on. Nothing was ever given to me as a walk on at two different division 1 football teams. I had to work for everything and sometimes I didn’t get an opportunity for my work but I continued to stay persistent and work hard. The opportunities were slim but I took advantage of every one. I love this game too much to let any obstacles stop me from reaching my goals.
What system fits your style of play the best?
We played a lot of press man at Hawaii this past season, but I can fit any system, Man or zone.
What is your biggest strength?
Press coverage, footwork, my ball skills, physical play, and Football IQ.
What is your biggest weakness?
A lot of people would say I’m too tall to play corner but I use that towards my advantage.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I have overcome a lot of adversity in my life. And standing here talking to you is a testament that hard work pays off. I will continue to work my hardest and do whatever it takes to help your team win when given the opportunity.
Growing up, who was your role model? My brother, He always worked hard and helped pave the way for me.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why? I grew up a fan of the New England Patriots. Ray Lewis and Jerry Rice. Their work ethic and passion for the game can be described in One word. Greatness
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
Losing a great friend, a brother, and teammate the night before my last college game. We overcame this tragic moment by getting a win in honor of Willis Wilson.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
My Mother, Father and Brother. Family is everything to me.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
I’d first pay back my student loans and probably buy a truck.
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