KFFL.com draft analyst Cory J. Bonini recently conducted the following interview with Maryland running back and 2011 NFL Draft prospect Da'Rel Scott.
Have you reached out to any NFL players - maybe Lance Ball or Darrius Heyward-Bey - about the draft process? If so, what advice were you given?
I pretty much talked to guys you mentioned. I talked to Nolan Carroll, along with them, Moise Fokou, a couple guys I was cool with, and they just said take one thing at a time. Don't look in the future, in the next year, just take one thing at a time or you're going to be stressed out, Some other people can handle it physically but mentally it drains you, At the combine, you have to be ready mentally, so that's kind of the advice they gave me just to make sure I'm ready for every aspect of it.
What NFL teams have you met with, and do you have any upcoming workouts planned that you can talk about?
Between the two bowl games I was at, and the Combine, I pretty much talked to all 32 teams. As for workouts, I can't let anybody know who I'm working out for.
Do you feel like you can be an every-down back at the next level?
I definitely know that I can be an every-down back because I've showed it in spurts, I can pick up the blitz, I can run on first and second downs, I can catch out of the backfield. I can pretty much do a lot of things that an every-down back has to, so I feel pretty confident that I can be an every-down back at the next level.
What is your response to people that pigeonhole you as a third-down or change-of-pace back?
It really doesn't matter because I can play in that role, it just depends which team I do go in with. As long as I get the opportunity to get on the field and I can show them that I can be an every-down back. I don't mind being that type of back coming in as a rookie, but I can show teams I can be an every-down back. Just as long as I get the opportunity to step foot on the field that's all I really want.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Maryland (on or off the field)?
Favorite memory is probably scoring my first collegiate touchdown as a redshirt freshman against Boston College. It was in a big game to help us get the lead, so that was definitely exciting for me.
What motivates you to excel on the field and in life?
Definitely my faith in God and my mom and my two older brothers. That's my main source, God, and then my mom and my two older brothers, because I'm a family-oriented man.
What aspect of your game do you feel like you need to improve the most?
I feel like I've shown in every aspect of the game that I can. If I were to improve, it would be my route running. I feel like that is something I can work on.
You experienced some fumbling problems earlier in your career but improved your ball security as a senior: What changed, and did you find yourself being conscious of it during the course of a game in 2010?
Nothing really changed, it was just sometimes, I let it get to me. The thing was, I thought about it too much. I just said my senior year this will be my last chance to play, I just want to just go out there and play. I think I just worried about it once I had that first fumble in previous games, during my sophomore and junior years. I think I dwelled on it a little too much when I did it, but this year I didn't think about it. I think that was the main source ... just made sure I kept it high and tight. Just cover the ball coming into traffic, so that was something, but nothing really changed to be honest with you.
Discuss how studying kinesiology has impacted you as a player.
As a player, studying kinesiology, you can do many things with it. Learning about my body, and how my body works, has helped me out. A lot of my nutrition classes have taught me how to take care of your body - what stuff to do prevent a lot of things from happening. So my classes have definitely helped me out a lot, knowing my own body like that.
Is that a field you would like to pursue after your football career is over?
Oh, definitely. Eventually, I want to get my own workout facility and be a personal trainer and help little kids. I want to go into middle schools and high schools and help them get into college and hopefully the pros. That's the kind of facility I work at now. That's something I want to get into when the time comes.
Has this entirely hectic draft process been overwhelming at times? How do you relieve stress and spend your free time?
It's amazing right now - just the feeling of me almost having the opportunity to be at the next level. This is pretty much my childhood dream, so I'm just so blessed to be in this position right now, there's no guarantees yet, but just feel very blessed. I mean, it's been my dream my whole life, so at this point it's like wow, like you said, it's almost right here, so it definitely feels good to be here.
Really, I just like to lay low because once I'm done with workouts and football I just like to rest my body. That's another reason why I stayed healthy, just taking care of my body and staying off my feet after practice. I like to just chill, watch TV, put in a couple movies and just lay low.
Do you play fantasy football?
I understand it. I've never done it before, but my brothers do it. I've never done it myself, but I pretty much know how it works.
Is it something you could see yourself getting into down the road?
Yeah, eventually, I wouldn't mind doing it.
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.