Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Emmanuel Dieke, DE, Georgia Tech
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Where did you choose and why?
I chose Georgia tech because I felt it was the best fit for me football and academic wise. I really liked the coaching staff and it just felt right.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goal my senior was to be all conference but a series of injuries prevented that but it was not Gods plan for me. My team goals was to win the ACC championship after we came up short the year before.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I’ve met with more than 5 scouts and they all say that I will get a chance in the NFL that I just have to be ready when that call come.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
My size, physicality and work ethic. I believe I have an unmatched work ethic because I’m always going to be hungry to be the best.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I look at the offensive lineman I’m going against that week. Any tendencies that he might have. Is he light feted or like if he puts all his weight forward in his stance. I also look at what moves other players had success with against him. Things like that.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
I played a lot of great players at Georgia tech. I would have to say Johnathan Cooper the guard from the University of North Carolina. He had great feet and leverage. Also Cordy Glenn was pretty good as well.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Justin Tuck because he physical and strong. I pride myself in the weight room so that would be a good comparison.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Biggest Obstacle I’ve ever faced was my junior year after the UGA game when I lost my starting job going into the Acc championship game against Florida State. I pulled my back before the UGA game but didn’t tell nobody and had the worse game ever. I called my mom tearing up and she told me that God has a plan and to not lose faith and ask God what I want him to do for me and believe. I carried a chip on my shoulder that whole week of practice and heading into the ACC championship game, I ask God to let his light shine bright on me and use me to show the world how great he is. I didn’t start that game but I ended up having one of the best game of my career recording 2 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
What system fits your style of play the best?
A 4-3 scheme fits me best because I’ve had my hand in the ground most of my collegiate career but I can also play the 3-4 stand up outside backer. I can learn and adjust with whatever the coach wants me to do
What is your biggest strength?
My physicality and relentless. Also my ability to learn the plays fast and do my Job.
What is your biggest weakness?
One weakness of mine to use my hands a little bit better and mix up my pass rush moves but I am turning those into strengths.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I’m one the hardest working players that you will ever find and I’m pissed off for greatness. I was ready to get to work yesterday and I know that I will contribute to your defense and organization.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My role model growing up was Kobe Bryant and Ray Lewis. They never listen to the critics and the naysayers. When those lights came on and their backs where against the wall, they became warriors and where at their best.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I was a big falcons fan growing up when Vick was at Quarterback. I’m still a Falcons fan because they are my hometown team
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
The most tragic event that ever happen to me was when my uncle passed away a couple of months ago from a stroke. He was my closest uncle and he passed away in Nigeria before I could see him again. My last time seeing him was 2005 and it still hurts now but I pray to God every day that he gives our family strength and everything is going to okay.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
My Mom, Dad and Jeremy Elder. My Mom and Dad because they were there since Day 1 and supported me even when I was that skinny, uncoordinated 9th grader. Jeremy Elder because he was like a mentor to me and his life was cut short before he got his chance. He always said “All I need is one chance to prove that I can play” and I believe that he is going to get that chance through me. I just want to make him proud of me.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
10% of my first paycheck is going to God because he’s been so good to me.