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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Eric Rawls, DB, Kentucky State University

Eric Rawls of Kentucky State is a ballhawk.

Eric Rawls of Kentucky State is a ball hawk.

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Eric Rawls

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’2 195lbs

What is your position? 

Defensive back

Where do you play college football? 

Kentucky State university 

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

I’ve done community service such as helping the homeless and domestic violence victims.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Adv public affairs 

Where are you from? 

Pompano Beach, Florida 

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mom, I admire her perseverance she motivates me.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I did run track a couple of years and high school and I ran track my freshman year of college.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played some safety. My freshman year.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

What separates me from others is my size and speed I can press if I want but I also can play off man. I can tackle which is rare for corners. But aside from all the physical attributes I’m a smart player and I learn quick I view myself as a DB I can play left or right corner, nickel and safety. 

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

First I look for route concepts then I look at what teams do in down in distance after that I look at receivers tendencies.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

My freshman year I covered an senior from fort valley named Slaughter. 

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

Maybe Richard Sherman or Aqib Talib

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

My biggest obstacle was getting an opportunity to play college football. I was not recruited at all & I feel through the cracks. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

R&B game day morning.. Then hip hop as it gets closer to game time

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

You don’t have the facilities and trainers that are at d1. So you have to do your best to keep yourself healthy. As for on the field you have to dominate every week and the talent is looked down on by others. But I know I can play with anybody!

What is your biggest strength? 

My strength would be my versatility.

What is your biggest weakness? 

Weakness I’d like to continue to get stronger. 

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

I would say that all I need is an opportunity to showcase what I can do and my action will do the rest. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

Favorite player Randy Moss & Sean Taylor

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

Minnie Lee Addison, Lucille Fullwood and Ron Murphy.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Take care my mom.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction? Neither
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders? Neither
  • Madden or Mario?

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