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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Marcus Lee, LB, Savannah State University


Marcus Lee of Savannah State has a knack for getting after the quarterback.

Marcus Lee of Savannah State has a knack for getting after the quarterback.

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 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 to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

My name is Marcus Lee, Jr. 

What is your Height/Weight?

I am 6’0 225

What is your position?

I play Outside Linebacker/ Nickleback

Where do you play college football?

I attend and play for Savannah State University.

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

I enjoy working with young kids because they are the future. I have gone to Elementary and middle schools in Savannah and read books with the class and attended their field days. Also my dad is a youth football coach for the Collier Park Steelers in Atlanta, Georgia. I am an assistant coach for them and every time I am home I teach them important life skills. Not only how to become better football players but to treat their parents with respect, make good grades in school, and be leaders not followers. Seeing them win the city championship in 2015 brought great joy to me, because I seen how hard they worked. 

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

The hardest class I took in college was Business Statistics. Even though the class was difficult, I learned about six sigma. That is how close to perfect your entity is performing. I apply that term to defense and football. 

Where are you from?

I am from Atlanta, Georgia

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my dad. He taught me everything I know about this world, and it’s a blessing that he is in my life. I thank God for him everyday. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up in Atlanta all of my friends and I played whatever sport was in season at the time. On top of football I played basketball, baseball, wrestling, track and field and rugby. 

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I have played just about every position on the field at some point in my career. From quarterback all the way to safety. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me is my coverage ability. The NFL is turning into a passing league and I love getting out and covering slot receivers and TEs 1 on 1 or in zone coverage. 

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

The main thing I look for is player tendencies, pre snap and post snap. Also Play calling tendacies out of certain personnels groups and packages

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Tarik Cohen from North Carolina A&T

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

Tyrann Mathieu. His playmaking ability, the passion he plays with and heart is very similar to mine

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I get a great massage the night before games and I also pray in the end zone before the game starts. 

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

The biggest obstacle I had to overcome as a small school player is self-governance. We do not have all the same resources as a big school so I have to do things to make sure we are on the same playing field. I have to do things such as make sure I’m eating all the right food even if my school’s cafeteria don’t provide it. Find ways to buy protein. Also I have to put in extra work outside of practice and meeting times to make sure I have the advantage on game day. 

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is mental toughness. I might not be the biggest or fastest player on the field all the time, but my burning desire to compete and win sets me apart. 

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is I’m too critical on myself. I beat my self up after games because I expect perfection from myself and the team. So if it doesn’t happen it takes awhile for me to recover. Recently I have been working on the 24 hour rule after games.

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

If you were to take a chance on me you would get the ultimate warrior in return. I promise to give the best me everyday to the team, the organization, and the shield. 

marcus-leeWho was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

My favorite player growing up was Ray Lewis. I love watching the passion he played with every Sunday. My favorite team was the Atlanta Falcons when Michael Vick was their Quarterback. 

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

My daughter, Mariah Lee. My younger sister, Dayzha Lee. And my Great grandmother Julia Ray Scott. All three of them have the purest souls and that would be an amazing dinner. 

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I’ll probably just give most of it to my parents. They have sacrificed everything for me to be where I’m at. I don’t think it’s enough money in the world to pay them back, but I just want to show them I truly appreciate them. 

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NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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