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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Dijon Benton, LB, Henderson State University

dijonEvery 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?

Aaron Dijon Benton

Where do you play college football?

Henderson State University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

20 plus schools

How did you choose your school?

I chose my school because of academics and the love that the coaches and the players showed me. The school really felt like home and my mother enjoyed herself

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkasas and eventually moved to Bryant,Arkansas after my two younger brothers and mothers house explosion.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model was my uncle Detroit Evans. He was the father figure that I had and he showed me the steps of becoming a better man, especially being a man in uniform.

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

None have yet to meet with me but came to practices to look at me and others that were on the team.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I played Basketball.

Did you play any other positions in football?

In high school and most of career in college I played Free Safety.

At your position, what separates you from others?

At my position what separates me from others is my versatility to play man to man on slot receivers and TE because I used to play safety and then had a good coach of Coach Brandon Sharpe former Louisville safety.

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

I am looking for tendencies in the lineman stances and what they like to run in the formations they line up in.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I faced was former teammate and TE for the Baltimore Ravens Phillip Supernaw. He was a big 6’5 250 lb Physical TE

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

I think I would say Von Miller. Both about the same height and weight and good in space.

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

The biggest obstacle in my life is seeing my mother and brothers and cousin in the hospital after the house explosion. I was only in the fifth grade. I overcame it through being in my bible and praying to God.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I always listen to R&B and old school music while I am stretching and getting dressed.

What is your biggest strength?

The knowledge of the game and reaction to a play.

What is your biggest weakness?

Lack of lower body strength.

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

I play for my awesome God. Also I play for the love of the game and to give back to the people that come to the games and watch us play. I will become a better player each and everyday and develop being behind veterans and will contribute to the team in which ever way a could.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite Player growing up was Ray Lewis and I loved the Georgia Bulldogs.

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

Would be my Grandma, Mother and Ray Lewis.

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