New Era’s interview expert Scott Porter chats with Pitt safety Dom DeCicco about his NFL Draft journey.

Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?

Dom DeCicco: I would say my knowledge of the game is one of my biggest strengths. I’ve played a lot of positions throughout my football career and I feel it has helped me know the game very well.

Scott Porter: You played under head coach Dave Wannstedt, how did playing for a coach who has NFL experience help you?

Dom DeCicco: Yes, I mean Coach Wannstedt is a very respected coach in the NFL and he’s coached some of the most successful teams, he’s seen the best players and just knows what it takes to play at that level and tells you what you need to work on to be the best player you can be.

Scott Porter: What are your expectations out of yourself in the NFL?

Dom DeCicco: Just to do everything I can to prove myself and make a roster.

Scott Porter: Which NFL player do you compare to yourself and why?

Dom DeCicco: I’ve always liked John Lynch and his style of football, and that’s who I like to try to play like but I do understand my best chance of making it at that level could be linebacker.

Scott Porter: What are some of your favorite football memories?

Dom DeCicco: I had a ton at Pitt especially the WVU wins my freshman and sophomore years, the 3 OT ND game at south bend, my first interception at USF, and definitely the two bowl wins my junior and senior years.

Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?

Dom DeCicco: I love to just relax with friends, watch movies, and play golf.

Scott Porter: How would you describe your style of play?

Dom DeCicco: Physical and Passionate.

Scott Porter: What advice would you have a for a student athlete who will be entering their first year of college football as a player and student?

Dom DeCicco: Just it is going to be a heavy workload and you have to manage your time with academics and football. And as long as you do the right things and always go to class and do your work then the rest will fall into place and with football just to give 100 percent effort every time your on the field or in the weight room.