Demetri McGill – Defensive Tackle – Senior – East Carolina
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Demetri McGill: I am 6’0, 290 and my forty time is a 5.2.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Demetri McGill: I am training back at home at Virginia Beach. I am training with one of the trainers from my high school days.
Alex Khvatov: What can we expect from you at the Pro Day?
Demetri McGill: My Pro Day is on March 23rd. I am expecting to run well and do good in the positional drills. All 32 teams will be there.
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about the Regional Combine that you participated in at the Redskins facility.
Demetri McGill: It was on February 25th. It went well. It was a good experience. I felt like I didn’t run too good in the forty, but everything else was good and crisp.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?
Demetri McGill: I was getting interest from a lot of schools. I originally committed to Maryland, but they reneged on my scholarship because of the previous injury I had. They said that I needed surgery when I got here, but they wanted me to play right away. The injury just healed naturally. I also had UNC, Georgia and Florida, but they came late in the process. I didn’t have a chance to build a relationship with them.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose East Carolina?
Demetri McGill: I chose East Carolina because I had a good relationship with the coaches. Ruffin McNeill was the first coach to call me when Maryland reneged on their offer. I met good people. It was a great environment. People that I was around were good and genuine.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your overall career.
Demetri McGill: I played right away my freshman year. I made Freshman All-Conference USA team. My sophomore year, I had a senior in front of me. I was a backup. I took off my junior and senior years. Individually, I was healthy and in the best shape of my life my junior year. It was my best year. I was plagued with injuries my senior year. I missed two games. I had an ankle fracture. The best team that I experienced at East Carolina was during my freshman year. We had a lot of mature guys. They worked hard and got after it.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Demetri McGill: Demanding a double team and attacking the gaps.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Demetri McGill: Being able to get after the QB. It’s tough to do it from a nose guard position, but I am trying to get better at it.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Demetri McGill: Playing against Florida and South Carolina. They are big SEC schools.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Demetri McGill: The Eagles. I always liked them. When I was younger, I was a Falcons fan, but then I went with Philly because of Michael Vick.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Demetri McGill: Michael Vick was my favorite player.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait for a DL?
Demetri McGill: Being explosive and having good hand control.
Alex Khvatov: What players on your team should we keep an eye on for next season?
Demetri McGill: On the defensive side, it is DL Demage Bailey. He has a good body. He is about 6’5 and 290. He is very athletic. Jordan Williams is a good ILB. CB Travon Simmons is a very smart player. He knows where everybody is supposed to be. DB Bobby Fulp is a big player. He plays safety, CB and nickel for us. WR Davon Grayson redshirted this year, but he should be back. WR Travon Brown is very explosive. He is a good possession receiver.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your former teammate WR Zay Jones.
Demetri McGill: He is a player that works very hard. No one outworks him. He is even a better person. Robert Jones is his dad. He is a former Super Bowl winner. He is a down to earth guy. He works for everything. He is not spoiled at all. He doesn’t even have a car. He is a very good guy. He treats everybody with respect.
Alex Khvatov: Who is the best player that you faced during your career?
Demetri McGill: Two running backs. Mike Davis from South Carolina and South Florida’s Marlon Mack.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about football?
Demetri McGill: I like contact.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Demetri McGill: I like to play video games. NBA2K, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. I also collect shoes. I have over 60 pairs.
Alex Khvatov: What do you want to do with your life after your football career is over?
Demetri McGill: I want to pursue coaching or become a sports analyst on the NFL Network or ESPN.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Demetri McGill is….
Demetri McGill: A baller. I get the job done.