Safety Trevor Coston from the University of Maine went undrafted, but the Chicago Bears inked him to a deal the day after the draft.
The 5’10″, 210 lb Coston joins third-round draft pick Brandon Hardin, undrafted rookie Jeremy Jones (Wayne State) and second-year pro Anthony Walters behind the veterans in the secondary.
Major Wright, Chris Conte and Craig Steltz provide the most depth for the Bears, while the four mentioned above will likely battle for two spots behind them.
With that being said, Coston put up strong numbers in his four seasons at Maine. In 36 career games, he reeled in 12 interceptions including one for a touchdown.
He intercepted six passes in his senior season. He also returned a punt for a touchdown as a well in his final year.
The main way undrafted free agents earn their way onto NFL squads is by playing special teams. The practice squad is also a spot Coston could land in his first year.
I had the chance to catch up with Trevor this past week and he talked about his biggest strengths and weakness, who he credits to getting him to this point and much more.
Here’s the interview with Bears rookie safety Trevor Coston.
BB: Was it always your dream to play in the NFL? Are you excited to be in the city of Chicago playing for such a historic franchise?
TC: It was definitely always a goal since I was a child to play in the NFL, now I couldn’t be anymore excited to play for the Bears.
BB: What do you feel is your biggest strength?
TC: I love getting the ball whether it’s an interception, force fumble, fumble recovery I’m always around the ball.
BB: What do you feel is your biggest weakness?
TC: I can be over aggressive sometimes whether it’s tackling or jumping the route the great thing about these weaknesses is that they can and will be fixed.
BB: Which NFL player do you most compare yourself to on the field?
TC: I really don’t like to compare myself but my favorite player is Ed Reed. I like to try to mimic things he does on the field with coverage and ball hawking skills, Ryan Clark is another player as well; you never see him out of position, he is a very underrated player.
BB: Who is the person that you credit to getting you to this point?
TC: My mother. I wouldn’t be anywhere without her she was my mother, my father, my role model, and more importantly kept me out of trouble and into sports and put me before herself I’m truly blessed to have a mother like her.
BB: In terms of off the field and personality, what will an NFL franchise be getting with Trevor Coston?
TC: A leader on and off the field but also a laid back guy who likes to work hard.
BB: What does your pregame warmup consist of?
TC: Light stretching and relaxing. Making sure I’m laughing. Because this game is fun and you have to enjoy it.
BB: What artists/songs are typically part of your warmup playlist?
TC: Wale, 2 Chainz, Jay-Z and many others.
BB: What is a fact that some people may not know about you?
TC: I love to collect sneakers. I am very big on the latest and newest sneakers that come out, some would say I’m addicted.
BB: Do you have a nickname that your teammates and friends call you? How did that come about?
TC: T, Trev, TC, or “chill 3″ referring to my old college number.
BB: Are you a big social media guy?
TC: I like to keep up with what’s out like Twitter and such but I’m not a big Facebook guy.
BB: What is your favorite part of football?
TC: Physicality and team play. This game is where you need other teammates to be on the same page to complete that one goal.
BB: Are you glad to be done with the draft process and be part of a team? What are you most excited about?
TC: Yes I am, now I’m just ready to play football and prove the doubters wrong.