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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cadarreus Mason, LB, UNC Pembroke

mason 2Every year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

My name is Cadarreus Mason.

Where do you play college football?

I played for University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Minus Pembroke, there were four others that were recruiting me heavy.

How did you choose your school?

The coach came to my house and offered me. I really liked the coaching staff, the school and the team.

Where are you from?

I am from China Grove, North Carolina. 

Who is your role model, and why?

I will have to say my dad. He’s always there to give me advice in about anything. He taught me how to be a man. 

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

No not yet. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball and track. 

masonDid you play any other positions in football?

I played QB, Rb, FB and every position on defense minus the secondary. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

It has to be my motor and the mentality I have that I refuse to let the guy in front of me beat me in any way.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look to see if there any tendencies in an individual versus a run or a pass. Or I look to see what is the offense tendency is as a whole  in what type of plays they favor to run on a certain down and distance or where they are at on the field. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

I’ll have to say this Guard from North Alabama my junior of college. I don’t know his name and I forgot his number but I know he was freakishly strong. 

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

I’ll have to say James Harrison. He’s physical, we have the same build and he’s an underdog which allows him to play with a chip on his shoulder. 

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

When I missed the last 3 games of the regular season of my senior year of high school with appendicitis while still not having a clue where I was going to college so I did everything I could to get my weight and strength back to play with my team in the first round of the playoffs. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

All I do is pray to God that he protects me on the field and to give me a clear my so I can enjoy playing the game that he blessed me to play. 

What is your biggest strength?

I can adapt to things easily and I’m optimistic. 

What is your biggest weakness?

I’m very impatient but I’m working on that now. 

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

That I’m very coachable and I’m very eager to learn how to become the best football player that I possibly can. Also that I have the work ethic, hunger and the ability to become a better player. 

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Sean Taylor and I grew up loving the Washington Redskins. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

I’ll say Ray Lewis, Martin Luther King, and Muhammed Ali. 

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