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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Daniel Holland Jr., DE, East Central University

danielEvery 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?

Daniel Holland Jr.  

What is your Height/Weight?

6″3 245

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

East Central University 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?


How did you choose your school?

East Central University chose me

Where are you from?


Who is your role model, and why?

My role model was my mother Brenda Stewart. I consider her my role model because of the obstacles she over came in her life.

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

I have not spoke to any scouts yet but the scout have spoke with my head coach and agent.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played a few sports growing up like basketball,soccer and track and field .

east centralDid you play any other positions in football?

I played running back in high school.

At your position, what separates you from others ?

My work ethic and IQ of the game of football. Including my first step and I have many tools to get to the quarterback .

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

When I break down film I look for tendencies or favorite plays teams run during certain situations or alignment from a offensive lineman. 


Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

My teammate Travis Henning 

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

I would compare myself to Von Miller. Because of the athletic ability we share with speed to power or we can beat you with a edge rush. 

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

The biggest obstacle I had to overcome had to be the passing of my mother to breast cancer of my senior season. I turn to bible for guidance and strength to overcome that obstacle.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My pre game ritual is praying and listening to music.

What is your biggest strength?

First step,speed,footwork,hands,explosions, strength,work ethic 

What is your biggest weakness?


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

Just give me an opportunity to showcase my talent.  

Who was your favorite player growing up?

Derrick Thomas 

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

If I had a choice it would have to be my mother and father. 

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