Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lawrence Virgil, DT, Valdosta State
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
There were a good amount of college teams, but I was big on Florida State.
Where did you choose and why?
I picked Valdosta State because they stuck with me through the whole process while I was trying to get a decent score on the ACT.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goal for my senior year was to win another national championship.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I have met with a few scouts and they are saying that they’re interested in possibly picking me up in the late rounds.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I think my size, speed, strength, and my knowledge for the game will separate me from other defensive linemen.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When I watch film I look for the offensive play calling scheme and the way the offensive lineman block.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
There’s no one that comes to mind at this time.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I would compare my play to Nick Fairley.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
I haven’t really had an obstacle to overcome but if I had to overcome one, I think I’d be able to conquer that obstacle.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I played in a 4-3 defense at VSU and was successful for the most part, and I think I’ll have the same or even greater success in a 3-4 defense.
What is your biggest strength?
I think my biggest strength is my field strength.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is my weight.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
If I had to sell myself to a GM, I would tell him that I would come in his organization and work as hard as I can to help get a W at the end of every game, and helping the team get closer to the ultimate goal: to be Super Bowl Champions. I also will tell the GM that I will represent his organization in the best way. I am a humble person, I’m willing to put my all into the game of football. I will take any and all constructive criticism and use it to make me a better athlete. I’m not a selfish person, therefore I’m a great team player. I don’t just play the game of football to make myself shine, I want my whole team to shine.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My high school coach was one of my role model.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I don’t have a favorite team, but my favorite player is Ndamukong Suh.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
The most tragic event in my life was when my uncle passed away in a car accident. We were really close and I was fairly young when he passed. To overcome his death, I channeled my anger by focusing all of my energy on football.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Three people I would want to have dinner with is Nick Fairley, my uncle, and Ndamukong Suh.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
With my first check I am going to buy my mother something special.
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