“Pro Day is not really football”

German rookie Marcel Dabo was awarded the Indianapolis Colts as part of the International Pathway Program. A stroke of luck that the defensive back admitted.

As part of a media round also participated SPOX was present, Dabo revealed, in what position the Colts see him, what his expectations are for his first season and what defines him as a player. He also clears up a misunderstanding about IPP and says what he is especially looking forward to in Indianapolis.

Marcel Dabo about …

… yourself as a player type: “The Colts get a player who is a very good athlete. I think I can do anything on the court. I just need to be used in the right position. And I think the Colts have coaches who can help with that. to really show my athletic ability on the court, and I look forward to that. “

… the first contact with the Colts: “I first found out I was going to the Colts the weekend before the announcement. But I was already in touch with the Colts’ scouting director at Pro Day in Arizona.”

… his pre-draft visit to the Colts: “It was great. I met general manager Chris Ballard, head coach Frank Reich and DB coaches Ron Milus and Mike Mitchell. We looked at my tape and talked about how I would fit into this defense. It was a really good day. “It was my only visit to an NFL team. I returned to Germany on April 9, so my time to meet other NFL teams was very limited.”

Marcel Dabo: “Pro Day is not really football”

… his Pro Day: “I always say that Pro Day is not really football. It’s more of a test you can train for, so I was not really excited before Pro Day.”

… the team assignment on the International Pathway Program: “You can not control it. You know in advance which division it will be in a year for the International Pathway Program, but that’s all.”

… his expectations before the draft: “Before the draft, I did not really expect much, my goal was just to get into the NFL. I have done that for now. But when you come directly from Germany, you can not really expect to be drawn in the early rounds. “

… training in the US up to the draft: “Basically, training in the United States is extremely different from that in Germany. I’m still in front of the rookie camp, so I can not say how training in the NFL works. But training before the draft is much more professional in Arizona than in Germany. “

… Colts franchise: “I’ve heard a lot about defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. He was the Legion of Boom’s original play caller. And I’ve talked to the defensive back coaches, for the most part I’ve just talked to Mike Mitchell, who I talked to, how well I would fit into this defense.For example, I played mostly cornerback in Germany, but I fit more into the Colts defense than safety or nickelback.And from looking at the tape and based on the conversations, I figured early on that I might have been a good fit for the Colts. “

… his view of the Colts so far: “I would not say I followed the Colts specifically, but I looked at certain players. Kenny Moore is a good example.”

… the perspective of playing with very successful teammates: “It’s amazing. When I look at their DB Room, I’m amazed. There are people like Stephon Gilmore or Kenny Moore – they’re all amazing players, one was Defender of the Year.). I’m really looking forward to learning from them because “I still have a lot to learn. I just want to suck it all in so I’m ready when I get the chance to play.”

Marcel Dabo: “I do not want to rely too much on the International Pathway Program”

… his expectations for his first NFL season: “I want to play right away and I said to the coaches that: I do not want to rely too much on IPP and have an influence on Sunday. And I think I am capable of that, especially on the special teams. I do not see myself as an international player – of course I am – but I want to join the squad as early as possible. “

… his chances of playing next season: “I can not say that yet. I always say: ‘Control what you can control’. I will take it one step at a time now. I will try to give everything in the rookie minicamp and then hopefully be in a position where they say, ‘Okay, he can help us on Sunday.’ And back to IPP: It’s a misconception that you’re guaranteed three years there. That’s not true. You can get fired every day. It’s not like you’re there and you train a little. You have to be everyone. Prove the day and show the team that they can be helped. “

… everyday in the IPP training program: “We trained in Chandler, a borough of Phoenix, Arizona, at LeCharles Bentley’s. It’s actually an O-Line performance center. We used to lift weights there at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. Then we ate breakfast, which was a bit personal Time , film studio, a field session in the afternoon. “

… Differences in IPP training and training in Germany: “In the gym you do not even see such an extreme difference. The biggest difference is more in the position-specific training. I had a pretty good defensive coach, and you don’t usually have that in Germany, because it’s just hard, people with such a coach to gain expertise in this country. “

… the transition from Germany to the NFL: “The biggest difference is to behave professionally – ‘to act professionally’. Football in America compared to Germany is very different. You train here three times a week, and that’s it. And with three training sessions a week, you will not well I also think film school is going to be one of the hardest things about the NFL. “

… his beginnings in football: “I went to Wisconsin on a student exchange and participated in a Wisconsin Badgers vs. Rutgers game. It was basically my first exposure to football. And then I trained in high school, but I did not know anything about football at the time.”

… his failed attempt to get a college scholarship: “After I finished school in 2018, I attended a couple of camps in the US. But when coming from Germany it is very difficult to make an impression there, because it was mostly satellite camps with 200 to 300 people. Die Zeit is limited. and there are just so many guys … “

Marcel Dabo: It’s my alternative to football

… a professional alternative to football: “Until now I have studied English and sports to become a teacher here near Stuttgart. Of course I take a break from it and focus entirely on football until further notice. And basically I always say I do not have a plan B, but two plan Som. But so far, I’m going to pursue my football career and go all in there, and I do not think about what comes after that. “

… a way to get even more Germans and Europeans into the NFL: “One way is to make football more professional in Europe as well. Then the leap from Europe to the NFL would not be as great as it is now. In the next few years, for example, the ELF could be an opportunity for athletes to compete for to recommend the NFL. “

… Leisure activities outside the sport: “I like to eat out. I love Swabian food, but I’m open to anything. I heard there’s a German restaurant in Indianapolis, and I definitely have to find it and rate it.”

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