NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Derrick Bryant, LB/S, University of Indianapolis

Derrick Bryant of Indy is a fiesty defender that could be used in a Deone Buchanan type role

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

Derrick Bryant Jr.

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’0 205

What is your position? 

I played LB in college but I’m switching to Safety for the next level.

Where do you play college football? 

I played college ball at the University of Indianapolis. Where we won 4 conference championships haha had to throw that in there.

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

The coolest thing that I was able to do off the field was becoming a flag football referee. The energy and excitement that the kids came with every week was amazing. It was good to see the kids enjoying the game the same way I did when I was a kid.  

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

I would have to say Finance, I stayed in the library every night for that class. 

Where are you from? 

I’m from a south suburb in Chicago, IL called South Holland. I did most of my sporting activities there except for football. I played football in Dolton for the Dolton Bears. S/O to everyone who was about of the Dolton Bears. Great support systems within both communities. 

Who is your role model, and why? 

My role model will forever be my pops. He’s a guy who has a no nonsense policy for excuses and he shows that through his everyday life. He’s a hard working guy who provides for his family and will make sacrifices to do so. Not sure where my family would be without him. He’s also one of the smartest people I know. The guy knows just about everything. One day I hope to be half the man he is. 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I played just about every sport growing up. I played basketball, ran track, wrestled, and played baseball. 

Did you play any other positions in football?

Surprisingly I played every position on the football field before besides QB. 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

At LB my downfall was always my size and that wasn’t a down fall it was just something that always got me overlooked. But my speed and ability to come down hill at the LB position is what separated me from other Linebackers. Now that I’m switching to Safety size isn’t a factor anymore and I’m excited to see what I can do at the position. 

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When I watch film I try to watch tendencies of other players. So for example if a lineman is coming up and blocking a certain way on film. When I face him more than likely he’s going to block the same way and when that moment comes I already know how I’m going to attack him. Same with a RB. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

That’s tough, I’ve been fortunate to play against some great players and athletes. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would compare my game to Deion Jones from the Atlanta Falcons. He’s a guy who is quick and able to stop the run but he can also cover your RB in the open field. He’s a scrapper who plays big on the field. 

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

I’ve faced a few obstacles in my life time, but the biggest would have to be me dealing with being placed on the B team my freshman year of High School. That honestly is when everything started. So a quick story, I attended Mount Carmel HS, a power house in Chicago that is known for academics and football. On the Freshman level they have an A team and a B team. The A team is full of players who the coaches think are the best. The B team was for guys who they didn’t think was good enough to play on a certain level of competition.  As a freshman I was placed on the B team and that’I was frustrating because I knew I could. To cut the long story short I worked hard every summer and after freshman year both teams combine. After my freshman I started every game until I Graduated. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Not too much honestly. I like to stretch, get a good pump in and listen to music. 

What is your biggest strength? 

I would have to say my biggest strength would be determination. If there is something that I want I put my mind towards it and I’m going to get it done.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness would be being impatient and I feel as if me being determined has a lot to do with that. But I’m learning everyday that patience is key and things come when God wants you to have them. 

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? 

I would tell them to pay attention to how the game is changing. Yes size will always be wanted but In today’s game it’s about being able to move and being able to cover. I’m capable of moving well and my play style is aggressive. I am a player who understand that nothing is giving because I’ve experienced being at the bottom and being overlooked my whole life. So if I do get this opportunity, I’m going to give my all. I’m not content with just signing with a team, I want that gold jacket but I understand that it takes time and a lot of hard work. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

Favorite player right now is Von Miller, he’s a beast. Before Von it was Ray Lewis. My favorite team is the Chicago Bears. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?  

This is a good question!? I would have to go with Kobe Bryant first that’s my favorite basketball player, Tupac because the guy was a genius and had such a huge impact on the world at such a young age, and last would be Ray Lewis. All of these guys were great at what they did and I would pick their brain apart about all aspects of life. Not gonna lie, It was hard narrowing it down to only three. 

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

Can’t name a certain item as of now but My first big item will be something for my parents. 

NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Eli Jenkins, QB, Jacksonville State University

Eli Jenkins of J-Ville State is a beast. He is underrated for sure

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?  

Eli Jenkins

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 215

What is your position?

Quarterback 

Where do you play college football?

Jacksonville State University 

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Spoke with a group of kids about football and life outside of football.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Therapeutic modalities 

Where are you from?

Birmingham, Al

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad always made the small things in life look large!

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Soccer, basketball and track

Did you play any other positions in football?

Safety 

At your position, what separates you from others?  

I’m a leader on and off the field I understand that mistakes will happen , but I never get rattled from one because it’s all about how you bounce back.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Tendency of players and coaches

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

PJ Hall Sam Houston state

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I can compare myself to someone like Russell Wilson not a huge Quarterback but gets the job done. Makes the play when called on and looked up to by many.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Having a son at young age. It was a wake up didn’t have much in college but when I did it’s was split between my small family. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Touch all the pylons before the game and whisper all day baby!!

What is your biggest strength?

I’m a quarterback who can make athletic plays, so when the play is not picture perfect I can make things work. 

What is your biggest weakness?

Sometimes in college I tried to be superman because I wanted to make my teammates understand I’ll do whatever for them, and with that it put us in some spots at times. 

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

Everyone says they’ll work harder than the next, but I’ll work harder than the last guy.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Michael Vick

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My grandmother (dead) my son, and future GM

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?What is your name?

Small apartment

Bears want only a 2019 7th round pick for Jay Cutler?

Bears QB Jay Cutler is on the trade block

Are the Bears looking to get anything for Jay Cutler?  That answer is YES.  According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Bears are willing to practically give Jay Cutler away so they can save on that ludicrous contract they gave him. 

The Bears are shopping him, and would take a 2019 seventh-round pick for him. Given his current contract status, that might be about as much as they can expect. Cutler, 33, is due to earn $15 million next season, and has four years and a total of $72 million remaining on his current deal.

I would not be surprised to see a team work out a deal with the Bears, if they can get the former Vandy QB to restructure his contract.  If Cutler wants to start in the NFL, he would be willing to restructure.  DO you think the Bears will trade him? 

NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Greg Cunningham, DB, Campbell University

Greg Cunningham is a playmaker in the secondary and was a great addition to the Camels defense

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Gregory Darnell Cunningham Jr 

What is your Height/Weight? 

Height: 6’2    Weight: 190

What is your position? 

Cornerback/Defensive back

Where do you play college football? 

Campbell University ( Grad Transfer; Charlotte)

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

Having the opportunity to participate in the youth Miracle League Baseball game. This is an event held at the YMCA where you assist children with physical and cognitive capabilities. You have a buddy or two for the baseball game and you help this kids play and have a good time. Definitely one of the coolest experiences off the field for me.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Sociological Research Methods without a doubt.

Where are you from? 

Charlotte, NC

Who is your role model, and why? 

My parents are collectively my biggest role models! They are the hardest working people I know and I’ve learned so much from them. They’ve taught me so much about work ethic, sacrifices, honesty, being true to yourself and many more but most importantly how to be a man.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Track, Football, and basketball up until 7th grade.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Many during Pop warner days, however, just DB and WR after 9th grade and special teams of course.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My work ethic, length, speed, size, football IQ, and film efforts collectively help to separate myself from others.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

First I watch it simply for what it is. Then I began to look for tendencies and things my team can use to be successful. Lastly I began to break down and find things that can help put me in positions to make plays within the game plan set forth by coaches.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Honestly not sure maybe a toss up between Kenny Cook; GW, Kierre Brown; Elon, and Vad Lee; QB at James Madison at the time.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

Josh Norman. Because of his self confidence, edgy play, and desire to make plays!                                                                       

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Graduating Undergrad. Persistence and decision making benefitted me in overcoming this obstacle. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Stretching and completing my own warm up before warm ups while listening to music. Usually a game day playlist to set the mood and get my mind right. 

What is your biggest strength? 

Understanding my strengths and weakness and using that to play on my strengths. Also understanding my length and leverage will help aid me. 

What is your biggest weakness? 

Eyes in the backfield! Any DB’s weakness. 

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m an honest hard working kid with potential that i’m trying to reach. Give me an opportunity and see what happens. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

Nnamdi Asomugha

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

Jesus Christ, PrimeTime, Taraji P. Henson

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My momma a house.

Bills are leaning towards keeping Tyrod Taylor now

Bills players feel Tyrod Taylor will be tremendous

Tyrod Taylor need to be back in Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills’ decision on Tyrod Taylor’s future is running out of time. The Bills brass will have to choose whether to pick up the $27 million option bonus by March 11 or cut ties with the quarterback, and it looks like they are leaning towards keeping him. 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that it appears there is a better chance the Bills keep the quarterback than release him.

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