Draft Analyst Q&A: Chase Litton

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Ryan Wolter

Draft Analyst Writer

Chase Litton leaves Marshall with one year of eligibility left, forgoing his senior year to enter the NFL draft. Litton is leaving Marshall after finishing fourth all-time in passing TDs (72) and completions (727) while also finishing fifth all-time in passing yards (8,332). The 6-foot-6 ,232 pound signal caller has great size and arm strength and is hoping to turn heads at the combine.

DA: What made you decide to skip your senior season?

Litton: Well it was a couple of factors. First I believe in my ability to turn my dream of being an NFL quarterback into a reality. Also having my family supporting me the whole way and believing in me was a huge help in me deciding to forgo my senior season.

DA: As the quarterback for Marshall, you have naturally been compared to Byron Leftwich and Chad Pennington. Can you talk about these comparisons, and do you ever watch film on them or talk to them?

Litton: Of course those guys are Marshall Legends; I learned a lot from them. I talked to Chad about not just on-field issues like pre and postsnap reads but off-field issues as well and how to be a leader. Rakeem Cato is another guy who really helped me out a lot. We had the same offensive coordinator, so I got to pick his brain and learn from him. He was a huge help to me to have someone to talk to about the playbook, and him and I developed a very close relationship.

DA: When did you start thinking about the draft?

Litton: I never really focused on it. I just tried to ignore all the noise and focus on being the QB for my team. On December 16 after the season was over I did finally start to think about it.

DA: Did you apply for a grade from the advisory committee? If so, what grade did you receive?

Litton: Yes sir I did, and they told me I should go back to school.

DA: What was it like to start as a true freshman?

Litton: I showed up in January and just started competing at the highest level I could day in and day out. I started out fifth-string but I believe you have to be ready when your number is called, and so I was. I prepared meticulously waiting for my number to be called and when it was, I was ready.

DA: Where do you believe you rank in this loaded QB class?

Litton: That’s an easy one. I believe I’m the best. Every quarterback in the draft believes they’re the best, and if any of them say otherwise you should just hang up the phone right there.

DA: If you could sit and learn behind any quarterback in the NFL, who would it be?

Litton: That’s an impossible question to answer; there are so many great quarterbacks in the league. Brees, Brady and Rodgers are just a few I’d love to learn from. I would try to mock them on and off the field, just watch the way they do everything and just take notes on it and try to do that myself.

DA: At the end of the 2016 season in which your team struggled mightily, you sat out the season finale due to injury and suspension. How did that affect you moving forward?

Litton: It 100 percent motivated me for the next season to get back and improve. After letting my team down, I felt I had to improve as much as I could both on and off the field. The best grades I’ve ever gotten in school were in that following semester. I was also in the weight room constantly; I went from 205 to 230 that offseason. I was earning my teammates' trust back by working as hard as I could. I was the first oen in and the last one out every day.

DA: Where are you working out?

Litton: Carlsbad California at EXOS.

DA: Are you working with a specific QB coach?

Litton: Yes, Mike Sheppard.

DA: What are you working on in preparation for the combine and your pro day?

Litton: I’m working on all facets of my game. Mike is helping a lot with helping me adapt to a pro-style offense. I have also been putting a lot of work in on playing from under center and my footwork on the three, five and seven-step drops.

DA: As a quarterback and a person, what separates you from everyone else in this draft class?

Litton: I just have a ton of those uncoachable abilities --, great size and arm strength, I can also throw from all different platforms, I work well out of the pocket. Confidence is also something I believe I bring to the table. I don’t get rattled and I’m always confident. Very early on I was given the keys to the offense to make checks pre and postsnap, and I’ve always been confident in my ability to do so.

DA: What player did you look up to the most when growing up?

Litton: 18! Peyton Manning. That’s easy; I always admired him and respected who he was and how he played. He was No. 1 at the highest level and won two Super Bowls.

DA: What kind of teammate do you see yourself being? What can you bring to an NFL locker room?

Litton: I think I bring a lot of confidence and moxie to a locker room. I would obviously try to be a leader, but I don’t want to come across as disrespectful to the vets. I understand I’m a rookie so I’d try to adapt to them and learn how they do things and then go out and perform at my best every day.

DA: What are you going to do with your first NFL paycheck?

Litton: Ah man, that’s going straight to the bank.