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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Edward Mosley III, DE, Alabama State University

edwardEvery 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?

Edward Mosley III

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 260

What is your position?

Defensive End/OLB

Where do you play college football?

Alabama State University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Junior Year: several recruits ranging from UCF, South Carolina, Mississippi State, UAB, etc.
Senior: After coaching change, loss of junior film, and late highlight tape; Georgia State, Alabama State, Cornell, Lehigh, Murray State, etc.

How did you choose your school?

I already had a full academic scholarship to Alabama State University before being recruited, I liked the campus environment and head coach, and Georgia State couldn’t give me a full scholarship until after m first semester due to my late recruitment.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga.

Who is your role model, and why?

One of my biggest role models is Ray Lewis because he is not only a great player  but a great leader. People gravitate towards him, he practices what he preaches, and he can inspire almost anybody.

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

During the season several scouts have come through Alabama State and talked to the coaching staff about me and watched film. According to my coaches, the most intrigued scouts seemed to be from the Cardinals and Buccaneers. They liked my athleticism and pass rush ability. I haven’t met with any personally and I have heard anything from scouts since my coaching staff was fired.

edward 1Did you play any other sports growing up?

All through my youth I played basketball, and I was a captain on my high school team. I also threw shot put my senior year in high school and made the Georgia State Finals for 5A.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Through our numerous defensive packages at Alabama State, I have lined up as a right and left defensive end, 3 Technique, and Outside Linebacker.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My versatility and athleticism sets me apart from other players at my position. I can play with my hand in the dirt, stand up, cover, pass rush (from End and 3 Tech) and play the run.

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

When breaking down film I look for tips, tendencies, and weaknesses in my opponent. Also, I look for areas in my game that needs improvement.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

I had a hip pointer while going up against the left tackle from Tennessee State University. Although I got a sack that game that was one of my most challenging games.

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

Terrell Suggs is an every down Outside Linebacker that can function as a Defensive End. I can pass rush from any stance, play the run, and cover. I would compare my game to his.

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

The biggest obstacle in my life before now (trying to get into the NFL) was trying to regain the attention of scouts my senior year. The coach from my junior year was fired and all film was lost. I went to no camps and some minor injuries to my ankle and MCL caused me to miss my last couple games. I overcame that by making a highlight tape after the season and showing it to every school that would watch. Also, my 3.98 unweighted GPA drew a lot of attention and open the door for academic aid that replace athletic aid temporarily since I was so late in the recruitment process.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Around 2 hours before every game I go to the field, pray, and work 1 on 1’s along with other drills with our best Offensive Tackle.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my pass rush ability (hands & get off) along with my athleticism.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is that I can over think things sometimes.

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

I am a talented player with a high ceiling and untapped potential. I have a solid work ethic and no off the field trouble. I am a versatile every down End/OLB who can learn the scheme, get to the QB, and play the run.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite player was Micheal Vick when he was with the Falcons, then it became Ray Lewis and the Ravens

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

Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Ray Lewis

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