Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Micah Pellerin: I feel my strengths are that I am very long and physical. I have very good feet and foot speed. I have solid speed and size combination. Mentally I am very focused and know what is going on. I have a great grasp of the game. I am good at identifying patterns and reading and reacting.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Micah Pellerin: I just want to go to a successful team and just like anyone play a long time. Everyone wants to play a long time and win and I am no different. I’d love to win a championship. I’d love to have a similar career to Champ Bailey. The guy has been a pro bowler and great player for over a decade now. I’d like to have a career like those types of players. He has created a legacy and is very consistent and has played at a high level every single year of his career.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Micah Pellerin: I was #1 in FCS total passes defended. I think that is amazing because last year I was #4 and I was thrown at a lot less this year because people knew about me. I shadowed the #1 WR all season long. I’d like to add that the proudest moment of my life was watching my brother preform as a musician in front of an audience. It was amazing to see that and it made me very proud of him. He reached his dreams like I am trying to reach mine.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until NFL draft time to prepare yourself for the NFL and what has taken place for you up to this point?
Micah Pellerin: I participated in the East/West Shrine bowl and that was a great experience and opportunity for me. I am in the process of training in Orlando, Florida right now with Tom Shaw. I knew him coming out of high school so it is nice to finally train with him. I will be going to New Orleans to work with my position coach Lionel Washington to prepare myself even more. Should be a fun few months for me leading up to the draft.
Scott Porter: What type of person and player is an NFL team getting in you?
Micah Pellerin: They are getting a professional. They will be getting a hard worker who has never been arrested or messed around with drugs or any of that baggage. I’ve got no baby mamma’s or anything like that. I am not saying that is a bad thing, but I have just been so focused with football. I am very competitive. I have always hated to lose even when I was a young kid. My younger brother would beat me in a video game and I would throw the controller against the wall because I was so angry that I lost. I hate to lose. I use to always cry after I would lose at anything as a kid.
Scott Porter: What is your favorite memory while playing college football?
Micah Pellerin: Early on in my career before I transferred to Hampton I was playing at Southern Mississippi. My Freshmen year I was playing on special teams against Boise State in a big game and Kyle Wilson now of the New York Jets was their punt returner. We were down 21-7 and our offense had just stalled and Boise State was getting the momentum going. I shook the double team on the punt coverage and I whaled on Kyle Wilson, the ball went flying out and we recovered. It was just a crazy moment and memorable moment in my career. I was on top of the world after that. I always looked up to Kyle Wilson as a great player so it really was a big deal to me. My Senior year at Hampton in our last game against Morgan State I had a really good game. My teammates and everyone at our skilled positions on offense seemed like scored, it was just an overall great game all around for us. My family was there and it was really amazing to have them there, at that game, in my last game of the season, to see us play that well.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Micah Pellerin: I like to listen to all types of music. I am loaded up with Itunes music. People will say they have weeks of music in their Ipod, I’ve got that and then some. I am big music guy. When I was younger I played all different kinds of instruments and stuff like that. I also like to watch a lot of red box movies.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Micah Pellerin: I am just looking forward to balling as the younger guys would call it. I am looking forward to playing in front of the big crowds on the big stage. I love playing in big games in the spotlight. I am looking forward to competing and extending my football career because it is the game I have always loved. I am looking forward to playing against the best of the best. I can’t wait to get there and play in this league. I am very excited to get drafted it is going to be an unreal feeling and moment in my life. My first interception, the first practice, the first OTA, the first time I walk out on that football field. I am looking forward to everything that comes with the NFL.
Scott Porter: What are you doing from now until NFL draft time?
Micah Pellerin: I played in the Shrine bowl and that got a lot of buzz. That was a great experience for me. I really was let down when I didn’t get the Senior bowl invite as I was really waiting on that. I felt disrespected as I had two great years at Hampton and felt I deserved to play in that game. I will use that as positive motivation and the Shrine bowl experience was very good to me. As angry as I was and the competitive person I was I took that anger out in practice for the Shrine bowl. I went up against great WR’s like A.J. Jenkins and B.J. Cunningham and it felt really great. I did a remarkable job in practice against top WR’s like those guys. It felt great to go against them and break up passes. I felt I really showcased my speed, quickness and physicality in front of everyone. It felt so good to be on the field proving myself. I felt I had a lot to prove and left feeling like I proved it.