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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kelwin Burke Jr., RB, Avila University

kelwin1Every 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?

My full name is: Kelwin Dominick Burke Jr.

What is your Height/Weight?

My Height is 5’10 My Weight 195

What is your position?

My position is: Running Back 

Where do you play college football?

I played College football at Avila University.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Due to Katrina, I went under the radar but I had five schools who offered me  partial scholarships.

How did you choose your school?

I really didn’t choose my school. I wasn’t playing football no more. I gave up on the dream and my father sent my tape out and Avila took a chance on me.

Where are you from?

I’m From New Orleans, LA.

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents are my role models because of the hard work they displayed in raising me and the sacrifices they made for me. 

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

No scout as of right now.

kelwinDid you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball, track and a little baseball but football was my main goal.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played LB besides running back.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I’m an all around back who’s not scared of contact, I really love it but my agility and footwork keep the defense on their heels.

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

If I’m watching film on myself I’m always watching what I could have done better no matter if I score a touchdown. If I’m breaking down film on my opponent I look for bad habits, their favorite go to move, and holes in their defense.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I had to face was myself.

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

Marshall Faulk, because I can do it all and am really smart when it comes to the game of football, but most of all am a team player.

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

Katrina and raising two kids at a young age. I kept God first to overcome my battles and stood focused on being successful.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I pray before I go to war.

What is your biggest strength?

Showing up and showing out when the games is on the line.

What is your biggest weakness?

My weakness is that I can be too hard on myself.

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

I’m very coachable as well as eager to learn and when it comes down to going to war on Sundays I’m that piece that will help my teammates and the organization to victory.  

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Marshall Faulk

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

God, Jesus and my Papa Lee

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