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Senior Bowl Interview With Notre Dame S Jalen Elliott

Senior Bowl is a great chance to meet and talk to dozens of players invited for the week in Mobile. Perhaps ones that’ll become future Pittsburgh Steelers. While we’ve profiled some players already, for some of the shorter interviews, I wanted to provide a transcript of those interviews.

After Wednesday’s practice during Senior Bowl week, I caught up with Notre Dame safety Jalen Elliott. Here’s our interview. Our goal is to have a scouting report on him before the draft.

Question: Take me through this week. How have things gone the first two days?

Answer: It’s going great. We’ve got a great coaching staff. Great players around me. And I’m just so thankful to be here.

Question: What’s the #1 thing the Lions’ coaching staff have taught and preached?

Answer: Just to compete every day. It’s been a pretty simple playbook but they’ve been pushing that we need to compete every day and just get better.

Question: How much different is this playbook compared to yours at Notre Dame?

Answer: Just in terms of the game and some of the rules that restrict some of the coverages we can have is a little bit simpler. But we’re still learning every day and trying to get better.

Question: You played free safety today. Is that your most natural spot? Will you move around?

Answer: They’re going to be moving us around. That’s where they had me starting. Tomorrow, I’ll probably be down in the box some. Just showing I can be versatile.

Question: What’s it like having so many of your teammates here? Guys like WR Chase Claypool, CB Troy Pride Jr.

Answer: I think they’re doing great. I’m happy to see them all out here. We’re just preaching that everybody eats. So we’re excited to have everybody here.

Question: What are you pre-snap keys and reads?

Answer: My initial read is going to be the line. Just making sure if I see they’re high hat which is pass or they’re breaking glass as a run. but as the post safety, especially in the NFL, you want to be deeper than the deepest. So that’s big for me to be deep and just make sure and I keep a cap on things.

Question: Have you met with the Steelers yet?

Answer: I had a small encounter with them but not really yet.

Question: What do you know about the Steelers and what are you trying to show them and the rest of the league?

Answer: They have a great coaching staff. Everybody out here. We’re just here to get better and hopefully show our talents in front of them.

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