Selvish Capers answers additional questions in this two-minute audio clip exclusively for Scout.com subscribers. The 6-foot-5, 304-pound offensive lineman talks about what he learned at the Senior Bowl, his somewhat unusual hobby off the field and more: Listen to Audio
Ed Thompson: As
you look back on your development as a player, what are some of the areas you believe you made the greatest strides in during your time at
My biggest stride was making that transition from tight end to the offensive line. It was a big adjustment, but I also had help from the other linemen, they helped me adjust to that situation and made it a whole lot easier than it could
was the benefit to the team and/or you personally to making that change?
of the situation at the time it was a benefit both for the team and for myself--it evened out, I guess you could say. When
we had coach Rich Rodriguez, he wasn’t known for throwing to his tight ends--he used a spread formation–-and at the time we needed more offensive linemen. So when coach Calvin Magee
recruited me out of New Orleans, he insisted I take the opportunity and give offensive line a chance. At the time, I wasn’t really happy, I didn’t want to do it. But he
got me to try it out to see how I would like it and I’ve been liking it ever
do you like most about it? And do you occasionally miss catching the football?
Capers: Yeah, I
miss catching it. But at the same time, if it wasn’t for that move I probably
wouldn’t be in the situation I’m in now.
skills do you have in your repertoire as an offensive lineman that you think will help you be successful
at the next level?
Capers: I feel
like I’ve been blessed with naturally great footwork. It’s gotten me this far and I’m looking forward to it helping me to
continue my career in football. At
the same time, I feel like I have great hands. At certain times I use them a little more often, but I can bring that
sort of package to the offensive line game.
are you looking to work on as you train for the Combine--and what are you hoping
to achieve while you're there?
Capers: At the
Combine, just showing NFL teams that I can move, I do
have great footwork, and I would be an asset to their team. At the same time, I also feel it will be a great opportunity to show my
is it you think they’ll see in you as a person that’s going to make them
want to sign you to their roster?
I’m a laid-back person who can get along with anybody, that I like to have fun, but
I know when to take a situation seriously. I’m
a hard worker, disciplined, and I’m looking forward to making my future team
are you preparing mentally for the grueling stretch of workouts over the next few months?
taking it all in. I’m training out
here in Atlanta at WPI and enjoying it. It's a process you have to enjoy because a lot of people aren’t given the same opportunity. I
don’t take it for granted. I love playing football, so the whole process is exciting for me.
WPI have any former NFL linemen working with you to give you tips or advice?
Capers: Yes sir,
you hitting it off well with him?
Capers: Yes, he's a good coach, he knows a lot. He has the experience, and I feel very privileged to have him instructing
me in this situation.
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