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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Gervell Morgan, LB, Central State University

Central State linebacker Gervell Morgan is a hard hitting linebacker

Central State linebacker Gervell Morgan is a hard hitting linebacker

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Gervell “Rell” Morgan

What is your Height/Weight?

5’11 235

What is your position?

Middle Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

Central State University (Ohio)

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

My freshmen year in college my football team at Carson Newman university went an volunteered at the UT medical hospital. 

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Water Resource Management 

Where are you from?

Chattanooga Tennessee born and raised! 

Who is your role model, and why?

I really don’t have an actual role model but if I had to look up to anyone it would be Ray Lewis. Because he’s passionate about the game like I am.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I swam, Bowled on a league team, boxed, played baseball and basketball. 

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes, in high school I was a well sought after running back and I also returned kicks. Played tight end in one game. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

My instinct, toughness and my play recognition separates me from most linebackers. And I’m a very vocal leader on the field. 

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I always look first at the O-line, watching to see if their heavy on their hands in run plays or light on pass plays, secondly I’ll look at the running back to see if he is a power back or more of a speed back so I can judge if I want to slow read or flow fast to the ball. And last I check out the QB, always checking to see if he’s a scrambler or a pocket passer and does he look his receivers  off or stare them down. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?


If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Navarro Bowman, because he’s a beast and even though he’s undersized, pound for pound he’s one of the best linebackers in the NFL. 

gerveWhat was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Being in Foster Care since I was 5. I overcame it by keeping my faith in God and always believing that one day I would meet my family again one day. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No not anything particular, but I’ll listen to music and just stretch. 

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Just being overlooked by everyone but not ever taking no for an answer. 

What is your biggest strength?

I’m a passionate leader. Great team player. Protector. 

What is your biggest weakness?

I miss open field tackles sometimes.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would tell you that I am a very passionate player that’s all in for the team. By picking me you would get and all around great athlete that’s durable and is built to last. My play also brings out the best in players around me so that would be a great asset to your program. I’m also not a trouble maker and I like to stay to myself and I’m also humble. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

This is kind of funny, I’m a Steelers fan but my all time favorite player is Ray Lewis. The irony. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My grandmother Ruby Mae, my grandfather Rev. Charles Holland, and Martin Lawrence. 

UntitledWhat will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

I’d get my fiance a new car of her choice. 

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie? 
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? 
  • Pizza or Burgers? 
  • Dogs or Cats?

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