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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jack Tomlinson, WR, Bluffton University

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What is your name?

Jack Tomlinson

Where do you play college football?

Bluffton University in Ohio

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Offered by all MAC schools. Recruited by IU, WVU, Wisconsin, IU . Committed and played 3 seasons at Ball State University

How did you choose your school?

After leaving Ball State I chose Bluffton because my grandpa (Elbert Dubenion)is the only football player to go to the NFL from the school . My family thought I should finish my college career there. Plus Bluffton has a great coaching staff. Gave me another chance to play this sport I love .

Where are you from?

Born in raised in Westerville, Ohio

Who is your role model, and why?

Lance Moore and my grandpa because lance is humble, hardworking and from my high school. My grandpa motives me to be the best I can be.

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

Crisp routes in and out of cuts fast.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Soccer, track, baseball and basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?

Returner and DB

At your position, what separates you from others?

My quickness, sure hands and knowing how to get open.

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

I’m looking for weakness in the defense as well as the DB’s techniques and indications of defenses

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Not sure his name but in 2011 when we played south Florida their corner was strong and quick . Good player .

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

I’m a Lance Moore and  Andrew Hawkins mix . I know how to get open and use my quickness to make make bigs down the field and with the ball in my hand.

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

Deciding to leave Ball State and sitting out a year was tough but I had to do what was best for me and I had I learn from my mistakes. Everything happens for a reason . Just had to stay hungry and humble.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listening to music

What is your biggest strength?

Great hands, speed and knowing how to get open.

What is your biggest weakness?

Is my size, I need to put on some weight and use my hands more off the line .

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

I’m young, hungry , determined to be great and always looking to expand my knowledge in the game to become a better player. I may not be the biggest but I use my strengths to create separation and to get open. When I step on the field I truly believe that there’s no DB that can guard me. With the coaching and leadership of a professional staff and program I believe I can continue to grow into one of the greats and contribute within your program.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Chad Johnson . One of the best receivers when comes to footwork and getting open.

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

Chad Johnson my Grandpa and my Father

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