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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kelvin Smarwt, WR, Northern Michigan University

kelvinEvery 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?

Kelvin Smarwt

What is your Height/Weight?

5’7 180lbs

What is your position?

Slot Receiver/KR/PR

Where do you play college football?

Northern Michigan University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Only 5

How did you choose your school?

Playing time was big to me, I wanted to go somewhere I could play my first year

Where are you from?

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Who is your role model, and why?

Allen Iverson, because he was undersized and overlooked until he was given an opportunity. Not only that but his ability to deal with adversity was unbelievable

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

I’ve met with a couple at during the all star games I played in after this season concluded. They are interested in seeing my combine times and results

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I ran track from 6th until 9th grade

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played running back all my life up until my freshman year in college, then I switched to the slot receiver

kelvinAt your position, what separates you from others?

My quickness gives me the ability to beat press coverage and get separation with double moves. Along with the ability to take big hits and complete the catch.

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

I look for player and coverage tendencies, along with holes in the coverage.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

My senior year in high school we played Dante Fowlers school and I was responsible for assisting with blocking him

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

Victor Cruz, because he’s really quick and does a lot of the dirty work in the middle of the field in and around the linebackers  

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

Dealing with adversity. I overcame it by realizing that adversity is only a test and a way to strengthen you physically and or mentally. Rather it was injury or not having the role on the field I’d prefer I became stronger and worked harder for what I wanted and with hard work I eventually got it.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I like to listen to music and walk up and down the field taking mental reps

What is your biggest strength?

My ability to be my own motivator

What is your biggest weakness?

I tend to hold on to loses longer than I should

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

Measurable’s don’t always tell the full story, a player should be measured by his production on the field not how tall he is compared to the average receiver. If you want a humble player with a mentality that he can compete an play with anyone that lines up with him I’m that guy. A lot of players drop their head when they don’t get the starting role, but me I’m taking this as an opportunity to prove somebody wrong and take a starters job. I’ll always compete rather I’m starting or 4th string, and my competitive nature will rub off on my teammates and we all know competition brings out the best in true athletes

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite player was Warrick Dunn & the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Allen Iverson, Urban Meyer, and Steve Smith Sr. (Baltimore Ravens)

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