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NFLHeads sit down with Adams State DE Alani Pututau

Alani Pututau Adams State
Alani Pututau is one of my favorite players to watch when breaking down film. Check out this recent interview with NFL Heads.

By: NFLHeads2020

What to you is the most passionate part of football for you?

Physical part. Getting out there and hitting them. Loves the 4-3 defensive scheme as well as the odd front 3-4. Controlled aggression plays a big part in his play style. Alani also noted that being able to control his aggression, Issues with anger, and keep his head level have all been resolved because of football.

What do you think sets you apart from other position (DE/OLB) here in the draft/free agent market?

Twitchy. Quick. Athletic. Pure pass rusher. Quick off the edge. Violent with the hands. 

Was there an NFL athlete you have looked up to in your career?

Aaron Donald because of his physicality and mentality. Alani wants to know how Donald prepares for games and what things he goes through before each game.

Is there a teammate or coach that has made a lasting impact on your career?

His out of state coach, Coach Ellis. Ellis has been a huge impact on him, mainly because he can call him for anything and Ellis is always there to help improve his game.

If you have your choice of which NFL team you could play for who would it be?

LA Rams to shadow Donald. See how he prepares for games and wants to know the secret. Alani wants to be smart about his gameplay become good at film study and become dangerous just like Aaron.

What specific role do you see yourself in on an NFL team?

Pass rush off the edge. Being able to fly down and hit someone. 

What is the most important part of being a player to you?

High school because football kept him out of trouble. Grew up in California in the 2010’s and football was the outlet. His family is good and he always wants to impress them and show his family the father figure he is. His goal for the combine is to his a 4.6 on 40 yard dash. He is currently hitting 4.72, 4.68 right now, but wants to get better each day. 

What was the most impactful game you have ever played in?

Adams State vs. Western. Everything clicked. 5 sacks. 6 TFL. Wasn’t thinking too much and film showed everything was lining up his career in the NFL.

What do you want your football legacy to be?

Work ethic is the biggest positive for him. He is athletic and doesn’t rely on gifts. Alani wants to show he has more than the talent he was given.

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