Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: James Oboh, TE, Towson University
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
A few teams from the CAA, NEC, Patriot League and Sun Belt were looking at me out of college.
Where did you choose and why?
I chose to play at Florida Atlantic out of high school because it was my dream to play football at the 1-A level but I ended up at Towson University.
What were your goals for your senior year?
I wanted to have about 30 receptions with about 450 yard and 5 touchdowns. But the ultimate goal was to win the National Championship and we fell a little short.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I have not met with any scouts at this point in time.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
At my position I believe my size separates me from others along with my speed and athleticism. I’m able to use my athleticism in both the run game and pass game to my advantage. I am also able to run away from linebackers and safety’s creating mismatches.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When watching film I first look at what is the opponents’ favorite front and coverage’s. Then we breakdown what are their favorite blitzes and tendencies to see if they’ll give us a hint to what they doing. Then I look at individual players who I will be going against and see how they play. For example if they like to take plays off.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
I have faced many good players but the DE’s from Maryland and JMU were good.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
I’ve been blessed to not have anything serious happen to me but some injuries have hampered me and persistence, perseverance and dedication helped me overcome them.
What system fits your style of play the best?
What is your biggest strength?
Toughness & Speed
What is your biggest weakness?
Route running can be better.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
You are getting a player who comes from winning programs so he knows what type of work it takes and is willing to do anything to help a team win.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My mother, father, grandma and my two sisters were my role models. They all raised me and where great examples of what to do in life to succeed.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
The Washington Redskins because they were my father’s favorite team and the local team where I grew up.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
I used my family, friends, faith and resources to overcome tragedies.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
My Grandfathers, Malcolm X, Lebron James
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
Anything my family wanted after all they have sacrificed for me.