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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kadeem “K.J.” Satchell, DB, Emporia State University

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What is your name?

Kadeem Satchell, or K.J. Satchell

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2, 212

What is your position?

Defensive Back, Safety primarily

Where do you play college football?

Emporia State U

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Between 7-9

How did you choose your school?

Emporia athletes, alumni and residents all showed me a great time and made me feel apart of the family and persuaded me to join the Hornet tradition.

Where are you from?

The Lone Star state. Originally from North Dallas, grew up in Garland, and moved to Princeton for high school.

Who is your role model, and why?

Besides my mother, I would say my 3 older brothers: Ryheem, Raymond and Hykeem. My mother did more than I could imagine raising 4 boys by herself, but I gained the most knowledge that has helped mold and shape my character from my brothers.

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

Yes, only a handful have met with me, there were over 12 different NFL scouts coming to our facility during this past season. Not all were for myself, but the ones that watched my game and practice film, they were impressed by my frame, how hard I practiced and my competitiveness overall.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, track and field, tennis, and soccer.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Wideout, Outside linebacker and Tight End prior to college and Cornerback in college.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My high football IQ and experience from playing the opposing positions.

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

Specific tendencies of all of my read keys throughout the film, formation breakdowns, snap count tendencies, any audible signals, any composure problems.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Tie between Kendall Wright of the Titans and Rex Burkhead of the Bengals. Also Quincy Acy of the New York Knicks.

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

Morgan Burnett/Mark Barron. Both solid safeties in all areas to me. I model some of my game from them

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

Moving from a 5A district city to a 3A district, then getting an athletic scholarship to college from such a small high school. I just played every sport I could participate in, gave each sport all I could offer, had fun with all my teammates and everything else fell into place.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Absolutely, I get into a zone, I call it Dreamland. It’s a place where I see myself and my squad all making major plays on the field. I listen to my favorite artists: Gucci Mane and my brother Gutta Mook. I feel indestructible from their music. Lastly, I listen to Mike Tyson’s “greatest fighter to ever live” speech.

What is your biggest strength?

High football IQ

What is your biggest weakness?

Over pursuit or over aggressive  sometimes.

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

I’m willing to put in the work to get what I want, my work ethic will tell all you need to know about what I will bring to the table and that I am very appreciative for every opportunity, I am opportunistic, coachable, disciplined and determined.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Sean Taylor, I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, but I always have to rep for the home team, Dallas Cowboys.

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

Easy, Sean Taylor, former coach Jimmy Johnson, and Iron Mike Tyson

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