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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Larry Pinkard, WR, Old Dominion University

larry pinkardEvery 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?

Larry Pinkard 

What is your Height/Weight?


What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Old Dominion University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?


How did you choose your school?

Old Dominion was my only offer. No other school actually offered me a scholarship.

Where are you from?

Southeast, Washington, DC

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother is my biggest role model because through the toughest of times, she still handled her business and made sure her children came first.

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

I’ve met with a few scouts. I was told that everyone knows my on-field talents. I just have a little more  to prove because I’ve had a couple of off-field issues over a close period of time.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes, organized basketball a few years, ran track and played baseball.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Defensive back, kick return and punt return.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I’m a game changer. At any point in the game, with the ball in my hands I pose a threat.

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

I look for tendencies in defensive backs & linebackers & also the frequency of coverages.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Jamal Giddens, Norfolk St. University 

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

I’d say Randall Cobb but just a little bigger. You can get me the ball in more than one way I’m not just a receiver.

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

Lost my first cousin who was like a brother when 16 years old. I was kicked out of school going into my senior year. Lost another close friend who was from the same neighborhood in the same summer of 2014. What keeps me going is my immediate family, a couple close friends and the game of football.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listening to music

What is your biggest strength?

My speed and play-making ability.

What is your biggest weakness?

None that I know of.

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

I’d tell you how hard-working, committed and persistent I am. How mature I’ve became since the incident and I have made myself a professional. How I’m ready to earn your trust and that you can count on me.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Coming up my favorite player was Sean Taylor and my favorite team was the Washington Redskins.

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

Oprah, Meek Mill, Martin Luther King Jr. 

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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