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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Dion Roche, DE, Concordia University St. Paul

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What is your name?

Dion Roche

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5 250

What is your position?

Defensive End

Where do you play college football?

Concordia University St. Paul

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

About 5

How did you choose your school?

Concordia has great coaches and great people and it felt like a good fit for me athletically and academically.

Where are you from?

Baltimore, Maryland

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents because I look up to them. They are two great people that molded me into the man I am today.

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

Haven’t met with any scouts yet

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and Baseball

Did you play any other positions in football?

I Played quarterback and middle linebacker in high school

At your position, what separates you from others?

My combination of speed, athleticism coming from my position gives me a good advantage over my opponent, especially when it comes to pass rushing.

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

When breaking down film I look for anything that would tip off where the ball is going and whether its pass or run. I look at opposing lineman’s stance changes, what part their body moves first when the ball is snapped, what pass rush moves he is vulnerable to, different run blocks that I’m going to see out of certain formations, and the different pass protections

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

I couldn’t say

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? Aldon smith, Jason Pierre Paul, or Von miller. I compare myself to these players because I believe I have a similar skill set. A mix of speed and athleticism to be a disruptive pass rusher.

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

One of the biggest obstacles in my life is recently losing my last year of eligibility in college football. I’m going to overcome it by just continuing to work towards my goals and keeping faith.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Usually on game day I get up and eat a nice big breakfast hours before the game. I go back through my film before I get dressed for the game then I just listen to music and zone out.


What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my pass rush ability and versatility

What is your biggest weakness?

Being too eager sometimes to do more than just my job.

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

After I introduced myself I would tell the GM that they would be getting a player that will lay it all out on the field and give the organization everything I have. Also a very humble, hardworking, home body type of player that conducts himself in a well manner on and off the field.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Ray Lewis and the Ravens

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

Grandparents, Ray Lewis, MLK

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