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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Chris Allen, WR, Friends University

100614_CAllen_KCAC_NAIA_POWEvery 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. 

Where are you from?

New Orleans LA

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

4 D1 schools, UAB, Tulane, Fordham, and Montana State. 3 D2, Abilene Christian, Texas A&M Commerce, and Nebraska Kearney.

Where did you choose and why?

Abilene Christian because I loved the school and how awesome the teachers were. Also I chose to attend Abilene Christian so I can play both basketball and Football.

What were your goals for your senior year?

My goals for this past season to help my coaches and my teammates a ring and to have a great start and finish for my college career.

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

Yes I have talked to some scouts during my junior season and one during the season. They all like my sizes and my play making ability.I stand out in the NAIA receivers and like my film.

At your position, what separates you from the others?

I try to work harder than the next person and also i like to go up and get the ball when it is in the air. I love to watch film on my opponents and see how we can beat them. Also, the love i have for the game and how competitive I am.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

I look for the defense’s weakness and how they run their defense. Also, to see which defensive back we can pick on. I like to breakdown the different coverages they run and also how good of tacklers they are.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced? ​Carlos Cox and Sequente Marks From Friends University

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

Larry Fitzgerald. He has great hands and he make big plays. Not alot of speed but can get open and run great routes.

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

People telling me I would not be anything in my life. How i overcame that obstacle by using that as motivation and worked harder.

You can Check Out Chris’ Highlights Here

What system fits your style of play the best?

New Orleans Saints and New York Giants

What is your biggest strength?

I think my biggest strengths are my playing making abilities and adjusting to the ball when it is in the air.

What is your biggest weakness?

I need to work on my speed and to run more professional routes against professionals.

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

I am a hard working guy that does not like anything handed to me. I will do anything that i contribute to the team even if it is playing on the practice squad making our defense better or run down on any special teams. Just the love for game of football.

Growing up, who was your role model?

My father is my role model. He has supported me through all my football and basketball career and show me how to become a man. He played college football for Tulane University. I am thankful to have a father figure in my life that always been there when i needed help with anything.

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

My favorite NFL football team is the New Orleans Saints. The reason why they are my favorite team is because the Saints are the hometown team and i grew up watching them. My favorite player is Drew Brees. He came to New Orleans and completely changed the organization with his winning attitude. He is a great leader and I love before the game how he gets the team pumped.

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

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina changed my life and losing family and friends during the hurricane. The hurricane separated my family and me moving to Texas was the most tragic event in my life. We had to start all over. When i moved to Mckinney and i attended school there, I only played basketball. I met the receiver coach (Melvin Crosby) for the school and he changed my life. He not only made a better football player but he helped me become a better man.

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

President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and my grandfather Lionel Boswell.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

I would pay off my student loans and start my investments.

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