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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Andrew McCrea, DB, Minnesota State-Mankato


Andrew McCrea is a solid pass defender for Minnesota State Mankato

Andrew McCrea is a solid pass defender for Minnesota State Mankato

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?

Andrew McCrea

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10 185

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Minnesota State Mankato

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

Read books to a 2nd and 3rd grade class.

Where are you from?

Miami, Fl

Who is your role model, and why?

My older brother because he’s a hard worker and he taught me a lot about hard work and what it means to work hard.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and ran track

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

I have long arms so I’m able to be physical with WR’s at the line.

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

I try to pick up on the WR tendencies like his favorite route’s, where he is line up is he on the numbers or below the numbers, what’s his strengths and weaknesses.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Ricky Jones from Indiana University

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

Marcus Peters because he’s a physical CB, great hips and he also have great ball skills.

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

Having a son at a young age, and just the fact that I had to be away from him so long while he was growing up. I just use my son as motivation to keep going.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I say a prayer and I look at pictures/ videos of me and my son.

What is your biggest strength?

Press man

andrewWhat is your biggest weakness?


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

I’m hardworking, hungry and have a true love and passion for the game. I will stay after practice every day making sure I get extra work in weather it’s watching more film or doing some field work. I’m willing and more than capable of playing whatever position I’m needed at in the secondary or weather it’s just playing special teams I’m all for doing whatever it takes for the team to be successful.

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

Champ Bailey, I liked his style of play

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

MLK, Deion Sanders, and my grandmother who passed away.

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

I will buy my mom a house nothing too fancy just something nice and stable.

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