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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Imoan Claiborne, DB, Northwestern State University

imoan claiborneEvery 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?

Imoan Claiborne

Where do you play college football?

Northwestern State University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?


How did you choose your school?

Felt like Family the moment I walked in the fieldhouse. I felt it would give me the best opportunity to play early and be successful plus it’s only 45 minutes from home!

Where are you from?

Alexandria, La

Who is your role model, and why?

Most definitely my mom when you see someone go out of their way to make so many others happy without caring about their own happiness in the process. Its hold a very special place in your heart. She’s a very special woman.

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

28, and they all like how physical I am and how I take care of my business on and off the field.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Track & Basketball

imoanDid you play any other positions in football?

WR in high school

At your position, what separates you from others?

My physicality and versatility I can play the nickel or corner.

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

Receivers tendencies/ Favorite Route concepts and most of all down and distance I think that plays a huge part in the game if you know was coming before he comes.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Probably Eric Ward 2012 and it’s probably didn’t help that they also had a 6’7 tight end Jace Amaro

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

Brent Grimes he’s not the biggest guy put he definitely plays above his height.

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

Probably having a kid while in college so many people counting me out and disowned me. I was out of football that year for academics but bounced back stronger than ever every time things got hard I pictured how much effort I put in now could effect my daughter’s life many years down the road I could never give up! My fiancé and family helped me a great deal through this time. I’m very grateful

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Just stay clam and don’t peak too soon. I listen to “Run this town” by lil wayne and it always puts me in the right mood

What is your biggest strength?

Leadership & Work Ethic I will not let the next man out work me

What is your biggest weakness?

Only playing corner in college I fell like there’s so much more I have to learn. I’m looking forward to getting some great coaching at the Senior bowl by former NFL players and coaches

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

Every Time I step foot at work you will get my 100% nothing less I take and respect the game too much to give any less.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Player probably T.O and Team the Saints “Who Dat”

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

Deion Sanders, Lebron James and Drew Brees

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