2012 NFL Draft: Nicholls State University Cornerback Bobby Felder Gets It Done
Bobby Felder is a big, physical press cover corner from Nicholls State University.
At the Nicholls State pro day he measured in at 5’11” and 195 pounds. Felder is a very confident football player and a guy that loves to press wide receivers where they don’t want to go. He is a ball-hawk and a play maker with the ball in his hands.
I caught up with him after his team’s pro day and we had a conversation about his time in college and his future in the NFL.
I asked him what his most enjoyable moment from college was. He replied “Saturday football, playing in front of fans and just enjoying the game and being around my teammates after the game and just enjoying the moment.”
I asked him who the toughest player was for him to cover in college. He told me that D’Marcus Griggs from Texas State University was up there for him, saying that Griggs was a big guy but he was quick.
When asked about his pro day, he responded “It was a great experience for me. It was an eye opening experience but you have to enjoy the moment and just make the best of it.”
Felder is willing to do anything to play in the NFL, and his versatility could be useful in achieving his goal.
Throughout his college career, he played special teams (punt and kick returns), nickel corner and outside corner. “I played pretty much all those positions throughout college and I can offer a variety of things.”
I asked him what the strengths of his game were and he quickly answered that it was “press coverage.” He talked a lot about press coverage, and it is clearly a skill of his that he believes in.
“Just getting up into a receivers face while playing bump and run and just running with the receiver down the field and making plays on the ball,” he added.
“Press coverage is great for me because I’m a bigger corner and I like using my hands and moving my feet at the same time.”
He told me that he liked ”fighting around receivers because that’s one of the styles that teams like to look for—if you can play press coverage, they pretty much take you.”
I asked him if his goal in press coverage was to re-route guys and put them into places on the field that they didn’t want to be in. He said that “getting up into their hip pocket, kind of directing them to where you know you have help” was what he wanted to do.
“You just kind of want to walk them towards the sidelines, and that way there is less room to make catches.” He said that he wanted to run with receivers and redirect them toward the linebacker or the safety and that making wide receivers uncomfortable was definitely what we wanted to do.
We talked about watching NFL players and incorporating the things that he sees them do. He told me that he enjoyed watching a press corner like Darrelle Revis because of the way he plays in the face of the receiver.
He also mentioned that he liked the way Tramon Williams played because he likes to sit in off coverage and jump routes. He said “I like to watch a different variety of players, not just one because you want to put all that into one game to make one complete corner.”
When I asked him what he would tell the fans of the team that drafts him, he said “They’re getting a great guy who loves to compete all the time and a guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder. There’s no off the field or character issues.”
He also said that he loved hanging out with the guys and that he would be a positive guy in the community.
Bobby Felder is a big, physically imposing cornerback who likes to push wide receivers around at the line of scrimmage.
Felder received All-Southland Conference first team as a senior and has proven to be a disruptive cornerback. He is hoping to take that to the NFL and is ready and willing to do whatever he needs to do to make an impact there also.
Scott Bischoff is a Contributor for Bleacher Report.
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