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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Brandon Person, DB, Tiffin University

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What is your name?

Brandon Person

What is your Height/Weight?

6 ft 220 lbs

What is your position?

Defensive Back

Where do you play college football?

Grand Rapids Community College/Tiffin University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Two teams were recruiting me. Northwood University and Central Michigan

How did you choose your school?

I had to go to a junior college to play ball because I couldn’t get a high enough score on the ACT. That was a second chance for me. Then from there me and my teammates from my junior college decided on going to Tiffin together.

Where are you from?

I’m from Detroit, Michigan.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model would have to be my mother just because she was strong enough to raise four boys on her own in the inner city of Detroit. She’s example of someone who is tough enough and make it through tough, and that gives me strength to want to do the same.

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

No scouts have met with me yet.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I was a basketball player all the way til high school. I was a little bit too little when I was younger especially for the positions they wanted me to play.

tiffinDid you play any other positions in football?

Yes, I played quarterback as well.

At your position, what separates you from others?

As a defensive back I believe what separates me from others is the fact that I’m a lot more physical then most defensive backs. With that I bring my covering ability as well. Which most defensive backs tend to be either or, I believe that I can do both. Also just as a football player I like to know what everyone on the defense is doing. That comes with studying of the defense which I like to do.

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

When breaking down film I look at myself to see where can I get better and improve my technique.  Also like to look at the receivers to see what they like to do. As well as the quarterbacks tendencies.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I faced was the running back from Ashland University.

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

I would compare my play to Kam Chancellor just because he brings another level of physicality to the game. I’m the type of safety who can play in the box as well as cover.

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

The biggest obstacle was and is the birth of my son. I say that because I continued to go to school and I would be missing him. Then I would tell myself that I wasn’t being a good dad because I was away all the time chasing my dream. I overcame this obstacle by understanding and realizing who I’m doing this for, that’s him. As I grew up I understood that I have to do this to give me a chance to have a better life for me and my son.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No pre-game rituals, I just need my headphones.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength understanding the game and working hard.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is trusting the technique.

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

I am a hard worker who enjoys the grind. Someone who would do what the team needs me to do. If that means playing all special teams I will do that with no problem. I am dedicated what I do and I guarantee improvement on a consistent bases. I know I’m from a small school but coming from there taught me that I need to stay hungry and ready. Being hungry has carried me to this position and opportunity that I have now.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite team is the Detroit Lions and favorite is Sean Taylor.

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

If I could have dinner with three people it would be my mother’s parents and Sean Taylor.

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