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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Giovani Francois, LB, Florida International University

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What is your name?

Giovani Francois

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 250

What is your position?

Defensive End/outside Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

Florida International

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?


How did you choose your school?

Great Coaching stuff and really bonded with the players there

Where are you from?

Upper Marlboro Maryland

Who is your role model, and why?

My Mother watching her work two jobs and still find time to go to school while taking care of me and my little brother. She taught me work ethic and the never quit attitude

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


Did you play any other sports growing up?

I was ranked 10th in the state at one time in wresting and I also ran the 200meter throughout high school

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My desire to get to the ball, my relentlessness, quick get off , and my hands are always active

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 08 Akron at FIUWhen you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look at the opponents stances, splits, formation,and personnel to get any tips that can help me. And to be more prepared I envision a defensive call and see my self executing my job against the opponent that is on the film to better prepare myself for the game

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Taylor Heinicke from ODU

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

Elvis Dumervil. Because of my range , Flexibility, long arms, and Get off

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

My auntie death in 2008. I was able to overcome it through my Faith and Family

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I have my back cracked and meditate a few minutes before stepping out onto the field

What is your biggest strength?

Speed, quickness, active hands, hustle to the ball

What is your biggest weakness?

Weight depending on position

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

I’m a Team-First player who will be involved in the community and will give it all that I have to help the team Win every week while representing the organization and NFL at the highest level

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Derrick Brooks. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

My grandmother, Derrick Thomas , and Michael Jackson

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