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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Rakeem Knight, DT, Bethune-Cookman University

rakeemEvery 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?

Rakeem Knight

Where do you play college football?

Bethune Cookman

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

About 15

How did you choose your school?

It was the best decision for me at the moment

Where are you from?

Birmingham, Al

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my mom because she always told me to keep my faith in God and never to give up in life.

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

Keep Doing what I’m doing someone is always watching. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Baseball, Soccer

rakeem 2Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Speed, Size and Aggression on Double teams. Control of the line of scrimmage.

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

Personnel, tendencies of my opponent and his style of play, and different formations.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?


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

Marcel Dareus ; because of his ability to move and shed blocks. He is aggressive when it comes to defending then run and I see myself as the same.

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

I’ve faced many obstacles, but the biggest is losing my brother and making it out of my city. He always told me to be different from everyone else and that I was going to be the one make history in the family. I separated myself and made the decisions to do what I had to do whatever it took to make it out.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Praying with my defensive line

What is your biggest strength?

Strong Mind

What is your biggest weakness?

Giving people the benefit of doubt

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

I only know one way and that’s GO

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

I had two favorite players:Warren Sapp and Reggie White. favorite team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Jesus Christ, Reggie White, My Dad

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