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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Grant Jones, OL, California (PA)

California PA offensive lineman Grant Jones is drawing interest from NFL personnel

California PA offensive lineman Grant Jones is drawing interest from NFL personnel

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? 

Grant Jones

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’5 315

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

California (Pa)

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

When I was at Liberty we would go into local elementary schools and talk to the students about why an education is important and encourage them to do their best in school.

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

Principles of microeconomics

Where are you from? 

Lynchburg, Va

Who is your role model, and why? 

My oldest brother Jesse because he overcame a lot of different scenarios in his life and now is a great Brother, Husband, and Father.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I was an all American in wrestling.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

In high school I played Defensive line and at Cal I played right tackle.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

I finish every block through the whistle and I’m always looking for second blocks when I get my guy on the ground.

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

First I watch and look at the general scheme that they run. Then I look for any tendencies they have and try to determine if alignment or body presence gives away what they are running. After that I watch a third down cut up and see if they have any tendencies on that down. Finally I watch the guys that play across from me and see what moves they like to do and how they play run and pass.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

When I was at Liberty I faced Chima Uzowihe on a daily basis. By far the best pass rusher I have ever played against.

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

I would say Anthony Davis because I excel in run blocking and finishing but I have good feet and can move in space.

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

Without a doubt it was transferring for my senior season. I was patient and trusted in the people that I had around me instead of worrying and stressing.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I like to go out on the field and go through a dynamic warm up by myself. Then I go through all of my footwork picturing different fronts and visualize what they may do.

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

Being labeled as a small school guy you have to overcome the belief that it will be hard to adjust to the competition of the next level.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is that I fight and strain to finish every block.

cal pa vulcansWhat is your biggest weakness? 

Playing at a small school and not getting as much exposure as others.

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

I am a team player and I’m going to give everything I have both on and off of the field. You never have to worry about my character or what type of person I am. I’ll come in every day the same guy ready to work.  

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

The Cincinnati Bengals 

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

Jesus, Michael Jordan, Mark Cuban

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I don’t have anything I want to buy but I will take my wife to a really nice dinner.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario?

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

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