2004 Draft Prospect Interview: Marwan Hage

One of the toughest things for any NFL prospect to overcome is not going to the Combines in Indianapolis. There is the potential for a mental stigma that will hold a draftee back and keep them from performing at their highest level. Colorado offensive lineman Marwan Hage was one of those players left behind. <br><br>

How does one impress after not getting invited to the combines? Oftentimes it is how a player responds to such adversity that will tell the tale.

"Not going to the combines was a shock," Marwan Hage admitted.

But the combines are over and he can only look ahead.

What bothered Hage most was brought on by his competitive nature. He believes he is one of the best players at his position. His work ethic alone rivals anyone in the NFL right now.

"It is a block in the road," Hage said. "It is a motivator for me now. That is how I am using it.

"I am doing everything I can for my pro day. I already did what I could at the East-West Shrine game and tried to impress there."

Hage has some work to do. He has begun preparations to workout at center and his natural guard position for scouts. He believes he will project to center after spending the majority of his career playing guard – where he started 39 consecutive games. He does have some experience at center, however, sliding inside during the Alamo Bowl against Wisconsin in 2002.

Hage is somewhat of a perfectionist. He knows how well he played in college, but that was college and if he is to make it in the Pros, he needs to continue to get better.

"I have a lot to improve upon, especially to get to the Pro level – footwork and hand placement to get to be a Pro. I have not reached my level of perfection, because I should stop playing if I did. There is always something to improve upon.

"I have been working on dropping fat percentage, be faster, stronger and quicker. I don't have very far to go. I am out here training everyday, twice a day, and my numbers are improving every time we test."

Besides his workout numbers, Hage is a natural leader. While he allowed the centers to make the proper adjustments and calls, he was not above correcting them – and often.

The senior captain was instrumental in bringing his Colorado team together. He became the ringleader on the line and even went so far as organizing offseason workouts with his fellow mates.

Ironically, the leader of the offensive line is usually reserved for to the center position. Maybe he knew he would be a center long ago.

The success of Colorado linemen is well documented in the NFL and by helping the younger linemen out he hoped to continue that legacy long after he left.

"Colorado offensive linemen are known to work hard and play with each other all the time and perform well," Hage said. "I am hoping I can keep up the tradition."

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