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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Colby Goodwyn, RB, Old Dominion

Colby GoodwynDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Colby Goodwyn, RB, Old Dominion 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Not too many teams it came down to Hampton University, Delaware, and I had a partial scholarship to North Carolina.

Where did you choose and why?

I chose Old Dominion University, because it was a new football program and I wanted to leave my mark on the university before I left.

What were your goals for your senior year?

My goals were to be able to compete with the teams on our schedule, which were teams like ECU, UNC, PITT, and Maryland.  Also be used more in the passing game, not just the running game and staying completely healthy.

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

No I haven’t met with any individually but I competed in the College All-Star Bowl and the NFL Super Regional Combine. 

At your position, what separates you from the others?

My blocking ability separates me from the other running backs out there.  I came from a pass-based offense so if I wasn’t in the receiving part I was left back to block. Also I have very great hands that translate to the NFL offenses these days.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

When breaking down film, I like to look at the secondary alignment that usually gives away the blitz tendencies.  It helps me play a lot faster and know what to expect in the run game and in the pass game when I’m left back to block.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

I can say J.J. Wilcox former player at Georgia Southern who is now a safety for the Dallas Cowboys.

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

I would have to say Clinton Portis because he was an all around running back, plus played very smooth and calm.

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

Coming off the season I had one more semester to go to graduate and I wanted to finish up.  So trying to juggle my academics, workouts, and trying to pursue my dream to the NFL was pretty tough.  I got very frustrated and stressed at times because I would miss class because I would have to go out of town for football business trips. Thank God I had some teachers that were willing to work with me.  For the most part I had to minimize my social life and just focus on the task at hand. 

What system fits your style of play the best?

I adapted to the spread offense from playing at Old Dominion University but I could see myself in a pro style offense.

What is your biggest strength?

My vision when I have the ball, I can see holes and openings like no other.

What is your biggest weakness?

I am tough on myself so sometimes I feel like I haven’t done my best at times.

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

I would say that I am a hard worker and willing to do whatever to make your team.  I would present myself with great character, represent first off the organization, my family, and myself in the greatest way.

Growing up, who was your role model?

I would have to say my brother.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Growing up I never had a favorite NFL team but I use to always admire Marshall Faulk, he was such a hard and tough runner for his size and plus he didn’t talk much he just got the job done.

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

My freshmen year in college my mom was diagnosed legally blind and that was really tough for me and my family. She has had two cornea transplants so she’s doing better but still can barely see.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

My brother, Mom and Dad.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

My first pay check I would buy a nice little one bedroom condo and a car to get me around since I never was fortune enough to get have a car growing up and just then give money to my parents to help them out.

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