March 22, 2018

SOTT Interview: Chris Almonte, University of Charleston

almonte6’4″, 265 lb. defensive end Chris Almonte has been named to Football Gazette’s Division 2 second team All-American, Daktronics All-Super Region I First Team and Football Gazette’s All-Super Region 1 First Team during his collegiate career at University of Charleston. Almonte competed at the NFL’s Super Regional Combine for small school players at Marshall and has been determined to showcase his skills and gain an opportunity with one of 32 potential suitors.

First of all how is your preparation for the draft going and who is training you?


Preparation for the draft is going great. I’ve been training at The Chamber in Davie, Florida; Chris Chambers runs the facility. I’m training six days a week, working on positional techniques, speed and building my strength. 


You played at University of Charleston (WV). How did they help you as a student athlete and football player?


While playing for the University of Charleston, I’ve learned to be a hard worker on and off the field of play. Coming from a Division II program, there are no shortcuts or easy way out of things compared to many Division I programs. Nothing was given to me… it was earned.


Who do you pattern your game after and try to learn from when you take the field?


I try to mimic the play style of Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins. Being of the same build and stature, I study his techniques and try to play exactly like him come game day.


What do you think are your best attributes as a football player?


My best attributes as a player are: my strength, relentlessness, speed off the ball, work ethic and knowledge of the game.


You played defensive end at Charleston. Are you open to play standing up as an outside linebacker?


I’m most definitely open to play standing up as an outside linebacker. We had a 3-4 scheme at Charleston in which I usually dropped in coverage.


What have you learned about the draft process and the work that goes into it?


As a player, I’ve learned that I have to be patient during the draft process. The NFL only selects elite players to play with their football clubs. Knowing that there are many other athletes from bigger schools out there looking to get picked up, I have to be patient and just wait on my moment to show the world what I’m capable of as a football player.


What do you expect to bring to the table for that NFL team that decides to bring you to their camp?


I expect to show the NFL team that decides to bring me into camp that I am a non-stop hard worker. I will strive to be the best at my position by studying my playbook and working to better myself as a player. I’m a team player and only want whats best for my team. I’m going to work hard during camp and throughout the season, leaving everything I have on the field.

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