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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Isaiah Howard, DB, Campbell University

isaiahEvery 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. 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

At one point when I played QB, every SEC school, Wisconsin, Michigan st but none offered except Georgia state University and Navy. The closest SEC school to offer was Vanderbilt.

Where did you choose and why?

I chose Georgia state because it was new, it was in downtown Atlanta and I had family there. 

What were your goals for your senior year?

To win a Conference championship because I knew the more successful we were as a team, the better chance any of us had at going pro.

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

Not yet

At your position, what separates you from the others?

What separates me is my understanding of the game. I played QB all my life and also WR at Georgia state for a camp so I understand QB tendencies, how they think  and I understand route concepts because I played WR.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

If a QB trusts his arm, determining that can eliminate a lot possibilities with a WR splits and down and distance. Also 1st& 3rd down tendencies because those are the most important downs.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

Depends on a lot, if we’re talking about high school, I can go on for days. Kelvin Benjamin(Carolina Panthers), Matt Elam(Baltimore Ravens), Jon Bostick(Chicago Bears), Nick O’Leary(Florida State), Chris Dunkley(USF), Jacoby Brissett(NC STATE), Will likely(Maryland) & in college Cordarrelle Patterson(University of Tennessee) 

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

Richard Sherman. We both played WR in college so we understand route concepts and play designs better than most CBs which allows us to take away a whole side of the field.

isaiah 2What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Staying in school and getting to this point in my life after my grandmother and grandfather died within 3 months of each other my senior yr in high school. My faith in God got me through it because I kept believing there was more to life than me quitting. 

What system fits your style of play the best?

A system that pressures the QB and puts pressure on the secondary to hold their own. 

What is your biggest strength?

My ability to understand what offenses are trying to do to the defense which allows me to be a shut down corner. 

What is your biggest weakness?

Tackling on a consistent basis. 

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

Coming out of high school I was recruited by the best, all my life i grew up playing against the best. My level of competition this year wasn’t the greatest but my past has prepared me for this moment and all I need is one day in a jersey to convince and reassure you. 

Growing up, who was your role model?

My mom, what she stands for means a lot and it’s the main reason I go so hard

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

My favorite team is the Oakland Raiders but my favorite player was Deion Sanders, that’s why I chose to return kicks, Ive never done it until this year.

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

Getting dismissed from Georgia state, it came after my grand parents died and it was the darkest time of my life, felt like I had run out of chances. I overcame it by getting a second chance from Ex Carolina Panther Mike Minter which was like a breath of fresh air and I never looked back. I’m in debt to coach Minter for a lifetime. 

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

My grandmother, my mother and whatever GM that had news that he wanted to sign me

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

A car man, I haven’t been able to get around in forever.

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