Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Beau Blankenship, RB, Ohio University
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Around 15 schools were recruiting me during high school.
Where did you choose and why?
I chose to go to Iowa state. I chose isu because they were the first to extend me an offer and I felt truly wanted there. I later transferred to Ohio.
What were your goals for your senior year?
I had high team and personal goals for my senior year. We didn’t meet our team goals of getting to the Mac championship and I didn’t reach my personal goals. My senior year was upsetting in many ways unfortunately.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I talked to some after pro day at Oklahoma and after my pro day at Ohio. My agents has also been in contact with teams. They Just told me they like what they see and to keep working and that they’ll be in touch.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
My work ethic, I won’t be out worked. I’ve also been blessed with speed strength and quickness that I feel separates me.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I look for what the defense runs in certain situations, how they blitz, and what other teams have done to successfully beat them.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Probably Khalil Mack, he’s a great player.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
It’s hard for me to compare myself because I try to have my own style, but if I had to pick I’d probably say my running style is closest to Danny Woodhead/ Ray Rice.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Transferring from Iowa state to Ohio. I overcame it by keeping my faith in The Lord and letting him make my path straight.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I feel like I can play and be successful in multiple systems.
What is your biggest strength?
My strength and speed.
What is your biggest weakness?
I tend to get impatient some times when waiting on holes and I can improve on pass protection.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
You won’t find a more passionate person on and off the field. I will be the hardest worker you’ve seen and will help the team win in multiple ways. I will be a good influence on the field and in the locker room as well as be a leader.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My parents have always been my role model. They have been such a blessing in my life.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I don’t really have a favorite team. I just like watching certain running backs play.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
My grandpa passing away from cancer. Again to overcome anything I turn to The Lord.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Jesus, Sampson, Tim Tebow
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
A place for me and my soon to be wife could move to once we’re married. I’d also give some money to my family.