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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tino Ellis, CB, University of Maryland

Tino Ellis, CB, University of Maryland recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Tino Ellis
  • University of Maryland
  • DB
  • 6’1”
  • 195lbs.
  • Hometown: Reisterstown, MD
  • Twitter: @IamTinoEllis

2018 Statistics:

  • GP: 12
  • Total Tackles: 23
  • TFL: 3.0
  • INTs: 1
via GFilms HD (YouTube)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

As an athlete, my motivation is my family. They sacrificed so much for me to be at this point.

What defines success for you?

What defines success is being happy and being able to take care of your family.

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

They would say that I am a leader who expresses how he feels truly. Vocal and leads by example.

via @TerpsWatch (Twitter)

What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

Some personal rules that I would never break are being on time and being accountable.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

The toughest player I’ve played against was Terry McLaurin (WR) of Ohio State.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Tom Brady.

via @TerpsWatch (Twitter)

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Team of choice is the Baltimore Ravens. It’s my hometown team.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

I pray and continue to keep focus. Try to find a solution to the situation.

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

Josh Norman.

via @MarylandOnBTN (Twitter)

Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

I would tell my High-School self to play cornerback instead of wide receiver. So I wouldn’t have to make the switch my freshman year of college.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

Marathon Deli.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

“Burning Desires.”

via @IamTinoEllis (Twitter)

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

The Weeknd.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

I would like to spend dinner with Steve Jobs because I would like to receive some advice from him about how is mind worked and about his lifestyle. I am really curious about the type of leader he was because he made people work very effectively. I would also like to know what obstacles he went through and how did he overcome them.

Forty-years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a man who took care of his family and gave back to the community. Had a great football career but was even a better man off the field.

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

Invest in me because I am a smart, tough and reliable playmaker with great character.

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