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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Gabriel Middlebrook, LB, Charleston Southern University

middlebrookEvery 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?

Gabriel Middlebrook

Where do you play college football?

Charleston Southern University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?


How did you choose your school?

I was a walk on and earned a scholarship

Where are you from?

Charleston, SC

Who is your role model, and why?

Ray Lewis because of his relentless effort to the ball something I can relate to

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

No scouts have met up with me yet

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Tennis and football are the only two sports I played

Did you play any other positions in football?

Always played OLB/ILB growing up

At your position, what separates you from others?

No one will beat me to the ball every play and give you 200% effort every play like I can

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

I look for tendencies, weaknesses, whether or not the man in front of me will take plays off etc.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

I’ve went against a lot of talent but no one ever stood out to me as being tougher

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

I would compare my play to Luke Kuechly he has a high motor and gets to the ball every play

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

My biggest obstacles was my two season ending injuries sophomore year(torn patella tendon) and redshirt sophomore year(torn rotator cuff) but I kept Faith and I knew God had a plan and it eventually made be a way better athlete.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No pregame ritual but I always pray before and Thank God for blessing me with the ability to play football after every game.

What is your biggest strength?

My strengths are my high motor, relentless effort, and physicality

What is your biggest weakness?

My weaknesses none really stick out to me but Im always willing to get better everyday

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

I will give you everything I got, every bean, morsel of my body I will give to you during practice, film study, and Game Day that I will perform to the best of my ability and leave it all on the field.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Carolina Panthers and Julius Peppers

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

Michael Jordan, Ray Lewis, Jackie Robinson 

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