Scott Porter: You have a lot of experience playing CB and S, which do you prefer and which one do you see yourself playing in the NFL?
Chris Culliver: It really doesn’t matter to me. I feel I can do an excellent job in the NFL at either position. Whatever gets me on the field is what I want to play. Whatever is the best for the team. I would prefer CB as I am a bit more comfortable at CB but in the end it really doesn’t matter to me. I feel I have a good chance to develop into one of the best CB’s in the NFL with my talent and hard work. I play playing S because you can roam the field and make a lot of plays. I like playing both. In the end, whatever is needed is fine with me.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Chris Culliver: I feel that my biggest strengths are my speed and awareness on the field. My aggressive nature is also one of my biggest strengths. I have also excelled as a return man in college and I think that, that as well as my ability to play CB and S makes me that much more valueable. I was recruited as a WR, so all in all it shows my athletic ability.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about playing college football for the South Carolina Gamecocks?
Chris Culliver: I will miss hanging out with the guys. I will miss the atmosphere that surrounds the college game of football. I feel I played in front of the best fans and I will miss them. It is very meaningful to see how excited and pumped up for a game the fans get. I will miss the tradition that goes with South Carolina football. I will miss the smoke before games and the cheering of the South Carolina fans and all of the students support. It sends a special feeling down your body.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Chris Culliver: Really, first and foremost I am just thankful for the opportunity to play in the league. I am working hard to be the fastest man come combine time. I just want to be the best player I can be and help my team.
Scott Porter: What NFL player reminds you of yourself and why?
Chris Culliver: Charles Woodson of the Packers because he can play multiple positions like me. He can line up as a CB, S or play the nickel. His versatility reminds me of myself. I like to switch it up like he does. It makes it much harder to game plan for a guy like that.
Scott Porter: How would you describe your style of play?
Chris Culliver: I play clean and aggressive. I am a lot of fun to play against and be around because I like to talk a lot of trash. I like to talk to the WR and just have a conversation with him throughout the game. I am going to let him know when he messed up and when he does something well. I like to get into his head as much as I can and talk trash, it’s part of my game. I like to let a RB know when he’s been lit up. I like to talk trash but at the same time I like to compliment my opponent when it is warranted. I have a lot of respect for the player I am going against.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your career?
Chris Culliver: My mother and my brother. My coaches also have been a huge influence on me, especially coach Lorenzo Ward. He has helped me so much, he has helped me develop into the player I am today. Seeing what he has done and helped Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders has meant a lot. I have learned from him and spent time with him. He has really influenced me to be the best I can be.
Scott Porter: What do you feel is the toughest part about playing the DB position?
Chris Culliver: I’d say really there isn’t much tough about playing DB. I have picked up on things very fast and have a lot of experience coming into the NFL, but being on an island can be something that can be tough, if you don’t have a short term memory and you always have to remember one mistake and you give up a huge play. If you want to be one of the best you have to excel in man to man coverage like Revis and Cromartie do in the NFL, so working hard on coverage to always improve is very important. It takes a lot of hard work and studying. 3 Deep coverage can be difficult. It’s not really tough but just have to be on top of your game at all time otherwise you hurt your team big time. Learning the technique and getting everything together to prepare yourself each week is something you have to work hard at.
Scott Porter: What are some accomplishments that stick out to you?
Chris Culliver: I think being 2nd in SEC history in kick return yardage is a really nice thing to have on your resume. I believe I am also 6thall time and #1 in South Carolina history in KR yardage. You see your name right next to Herschel Walker and you know you have accomplished something big.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until NFL draft time to prepare yourself for the NFL?
Chris Culliver: I will be training for the combine. After the combine hopefully teams will be working me out that will give me more chances to prove what I am about. I just want to open their eyes and be given the opportunity to do so. I just want to be able to show them how good I am. I want to go in and impress as many teams as I can to help my chances and put myself into the best situation that I can. I am very confident that I will workout well. I will be training hard to prepare myself to get those invites. I stay humble and focused and take care of what I need to right now.
Scott Porter: How has your pectoral muscle injury process been so far? Are you at 100% yet?
Chris Culliver: Right now I am taking it slow and being smart about the injury. It is coming along nicely. I am about 75% right now, and do not want to have any set backs so that I am at 100% when I get into a camp. I am not over doing it on the bench press because I do not want to make the situation worse. Right now everything is going very good.