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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Michael Reynolds, LB, University of Kansas

michael reynolddsEvery 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?

Michael Reynolds

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 240

What is your position?

Outside Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

University of Kansas

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?


How did you choose your school?

Location: Great atmosphere and people

Where are you from?

Wichita, KS

Who is your role model, and why?

My father- No matter how tough things may get he never gives up or gives in. Hardworking and dedicated father. Wouldn’t be where I’m at without him.

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


Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and Baseball

Did you play any other positions in football?

RB, WR, TE in HS

At your position, what separates you from others?

Natural athlete and a real good eye for the ball and making big plays.

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

Look for differences in stances of OL to see if run/pass differs. Types of sets and movements the have in pass/run game.

michael reynolds nflWho was the toughest player you ever faced?

Bryce Petty and Baylor O-line

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

Aldon Smith- speed rusher with an aggressive get off and gets to quarterback. I think my style of play is similar.

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

Going through my 4 year career with 3 different head coaches. Switching through different coaches and systems I think I handled it pretty well. And never gave up on my team and stayed committed.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listen to a pre game playlist and go around locker room and fist bump all my teammates. End my ritual with watching Ray Lewis motivational speeches.

What is your biggest strength?

Athleticism and Ability to get to quarterback and disrupt plays.

What is your biggest weakness?

Coverage, just because I was mostly set in the pass rushing role on my team.

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

I’m driven, focused, coachable, & persistent. I strive to be the best & mediocrity doesn’t satisfy my happiness in terms of my own personal goals.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Michael Vick and the Falcons

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

My Grandmother, Martin Luther King Jr. And Tupac

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