Coty Sensabaugh Q&A
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Coty Sensabaugh
NFL reporter
Posted Mar 8, 2012
Aaron Wilson


Clemson cornerback Coty Sensabaugh was one of the biggest risers at the NFL scouting combine, providing a significant boost to his draft stock. Sensabaugh ranked among the top four categories among the cornerbacks in three different tests. The cousin of Dallas Cowboys starting Gerald Sensabaugh finished in the top 10 in two other tests.

He ran an official 4.42 in the 40-yard dash and an unofficial 4.37, ranking fourth behind Josh Robinson of Central Florida (4.33), Ron Brooks of LSU (4.37) and Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina (4.40).

He excelled in the three-cone drill, finishing third with a 6.60 clocking.

And he finished fourth in the vertical leap with a 37-inch showing.

The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder also ranked registered a 4.06 in the short shuttle to rank ninth and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times. Last season, Sensabaugh played 993 snaps for Clemson and recorded 40 tackles, 13 pass deflections, one interception and one tackle for a loss.

Sensabaugh was a high school track standout who's regarded highly by NFL scouts for his skills in man coverage and on special teams.

He played in the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star game as a senior after catching 45 passes for 914 yards and 14 touchdowns and intercepted four passes.

As a junior for Clemson, Sensabaugh intercepted a pass and had 28 tackles and a tackle for a loss.

Now, he's primed for today's campus Pro Day workout.

Scout caught up with Sensabaugh on Wednesday night for the following interview:

Scout: What drills are you going to participate in today?

Sensabaugh: "All I'm doing is positional drills. I peaked on pretty much every event at the combine.I was content with it."

Scout: What was the combine experience like?

Sensabaugh: "It wasn't a whirlwind. My agent and my friends had me prepared for the whole process. It's crazy. You wake up early every morning and go to bed late at night. You stay in the hospital all day. There are psychological tests, meetings, interviews. Everybody thinks the combine is just about the last day where you run. That's the easy part. The hard part is the time before it. If you're not mentally strong, you'll crack. You have to be tough mentally. My agent had me prepared for it and my friends and family members."

Scout: Do teams ask you much about your relatives in the NFL?

Sensabaugh: "My first cousin, Teddy Gaines, played in the NFL and my second cousin is Gerald Sensabaugh. Pretty much everybody I interviewed with mentions Gerald. The main two teams, of course, were the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars. They all give me advice. We're real close. Gerald and I grew up on the same street."

Scout: Who's the best receiver you played against?

Sensabaugh: "The best receiver I played against was Torrey Smith from Maryland. He's a really good receiver. He can roll out. Last season, I did pretty good against Chris Givens from Wake Forest. They wanted me to match up with him. I studied him all week on film and saw what he liked to do, what routes he likes to run. I went out there and competed. He's a really good player, one of the best receivers I faced all year."

Scout: How fast do you move on from a bad play?

Sensabaugh: "I put it away super quick. I move on to the next play whether I have a big play or a bad one. I have to put it out of my mind, no matter how good or how bad it is. It's one of the toughest positions in the business. I learned that at a young age."

Scout: Do you enjoy run support?

Sensabaugh: "Yes sir, I do. In our defense, they mostly had me matched up on guys. So, I wasn't as much of a factor in run support."

Scout: How many teams did you meet with at the combine?

Sensabaugh: "It was a blur. I pretty much met with 95 percent of the teams."

Scout: What's your goal for this Pro Day?

Sensabaugh: "I'm basically going to show them that I can move well at my size, that I'm athletic and smart and know the game. Hopefully, I'll perform my best with no dropped balls and hustle all over the place."

Scout: What do you expect as far as where you might be drafted?

Sensabaugh: "I can't control it, so I don't worry about it. I work hard every day. I let that take care of itself. I would go crazy if I got into all that predicting. All I can control is how fast I can run, how well I do. Hopefully, some team falls in love with me."

Scout: What kind of person will the team that drafts you get for their locker room?

Sensabaugh: "First of all, they'll get a leader. They'll get somebody who's a competitor. I like to compete every play and I'm knowledgeable about the game. I'm dedicated and successful and ready to help a winning team."

Scout: What do you want to do when you're done playing football?

Sensabaugh: "I'd like to be a motivational speaker after I'm done playing. I want to start a non-profit foundation in honor of my brother who passed away when I was in sixth grade, Jamaar Sensabaugh. He was only 16. He had leukemia. It's terrible when someone in your family passes, but it makes you a better person. You learn not to take anything for granted."

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