Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
Lorenzo Taliaferro is an underdog, and he does not appreciate it. The 6’2, 230 pound power back owned the Big South division this year. Taliaferro was named the Big South offensive player of the year, where he ran for at least 9 100 plus yard games. He currently owns 8 of Coastal Carolina’s top 20 single game performances. While many people are sleeping on Taliaferro, one All-Star game noticed the talent. The Reese’s Senior Bowl invited Taliaferro to their game next week in Mobile, Alabama. I would be shocked if this guy doesn’t turn heads, because their has not been a runner this big and this strong since Adrian Peterson in 2007.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Virginia Tech, UConn and Temple we’re recruiting me but I didn’t have grades so I went to Junior College. I was waiting on UConn to offer me at Lackawanna College but never came through Coastal we’re really interested so I chose them.
What were your goals for your senior year?
The only goal I set for my senior year was to go have fun and be the best I could be don’t sell myself short and understand that nothing is promised after this.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I haven’t personally met with any scouts but they were at practices all year.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I believe my work ethic and desire to get better and determination separates me.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When I watch film I first check out the fronts teams run then the blitzes they bring out of each front and coverage.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Can’t really remember who the toughest player I played against was.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I would compare my play to Eddie Lacy
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I overcame was being lazy and immature in high school and can’t go to a dream d1 program straight from high school and having to go to a JUCO for 2 years and not being on scholarship first year and grinding starting both years there and just being labeled a fullback and finally coastal gave me my chance.
What system fits your style of play the best?
Any offense will fit me I believe
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would tell a GM that I am a hard working focused mature man that is willing to work and learn as much as possible to become a total player and help your franchise in any possible way no matter what I have to do
Growing up, who was your role model?
My role model growing up was my mom a single hard working mother who did anything to assure her kids had what they needed.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
My favorite team is the Dallas cowboys favorite player growing up was Emmitt Smith and Jim Brown but current favorite player playing is Adrian Peterson.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
Tragic event would be when I broke my leg freshman year in high school. From that day on I worked hard at everything I did to make sure I don’t get hurt.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
I would have dinner with Adrian Peterson, Spike Lee, and Earl Thomas the sports preacher.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
First check I would rent an apartment to live in in whatever state I am playing in and give my mother some then put the rest in bank