Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kimario McFadden, DB, South Carolina State University
Kimario McFadden is a 6’0 defensive back that has that “it” factor teams are looking for. He will be knocked for playing at South Carolina State University, but the kid has the skills to play at the next level. He has great speed and hands, and is a very solid player on special teams. I expect McFadden to get into a camp, and truly make an impact. Expect McFadden to put up solid numbers at his pro day.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Only 2 schools recruited me out of high school. Alabama A&M and the Citadel
Where did you choose and why?
I chose South Carolina State because I loved the coaching staff campus and I immediately clicked with guys who were on the team already
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goals for senior year were to win the MEAC conference and make a national championship run.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes I met with scouts throughout the year, they said to keep working hard and control what you can control and everything will fall in place.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
At my position what separates me is my versatility, I blitzed and covered slot receivers.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When breaking down film I look for favorite routes and favorite pass concepts on specific down and distances.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Toughest player I’ve faced is Johnny Manziel.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Well my teammates always compared me to the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Toughest obstacle I faced was growing up in a single parent household with my mother. I overcame it by staying focused and making my mother proud.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I feel that I can be successful in any system.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my versatility and play making ability.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is coming from an FCS school.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would tell GMs that I am a high character hard working guy who is a playmaker with a good football IQ.
Growing up, who was your role model?
Growing up my role model has been my mother, I’ve seen her strength and perseverance throughout my childhood.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I used to love the Ravens with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Now Earl Thomas is my favorite player. He is a playmaking ball magnet!
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
The most tragic event was when my teammate in little league was diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t finish
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
I would have dinner with Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and my late grandfather.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
With my first paycheck I would get something nice for my mother and grandmother.