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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: De’Anthony Cloyd, LB, Virginia University of Lynchburg

Virginia Lynchburg's De'Anthony Cloyd is a solid D2 football player

Virginia Lynchburg’s De’Anthony Cloyd is a solid D2 football player

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?

De’Anthony Cloyd

What is your Height/Weight?

6′ foot 240 pounds

What is your position?

Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

Virginia University of Lynchburg

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

I like going to elementary schools as well as middle schools to read to students. I think school and learning are the base to all knowledge truth and wisdom.

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

Microbiology

Where are you from?

Camp Springs, Maryland#AAFB

Who is your role model, and why?

Ray Lewis, because he is a leader that went through a lot of adversity. Birthdays are close,same zodiac signs or personal philosophy to life and how we carry ourselves.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I was a big time wrestler growing up as well as martial arts. Lots of hardware on display at my mother house.

Did you play any other positions in football?

DT, RG, and Fullback

At your position,what separates you from others?

My instinct for the ball, fight to the ball and Play recognition.

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

Personnel and tendency of each player within that personnel.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Anthony Camposano(Baltimore Ravens) Rock Carmicheal, Kyle Arrington and Joe Haden

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

James Harrison ability to rush the passer and drop as a linebacker

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

In Junior College going off by myself to California from Maryland not having much support I ended up homeless going off the promise of a friend having apartment ready but didn’t I had already started classes and football. I didn’t know anyone really only one assistant coach I didn’t want to tell him. I didn’t have a place to sleep so I slept at the school and a park next to it and left my bags and clothes in our locker room. I would shower and shave etc. I would be there at school as the janitors would be unlocking doors one of them caught on to me after like a month and told me his brother helps with getting people in homes and on their feet. So I hung up my pride and humbled myself for the first time on my own and I called after two months of putting him off.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Meditating and my spirit dance. Glass of milk the morning I wake up on game day and by noon I have to have 2 bottles of OJ.

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

Strength and conditioning, game preparation, game speed and most importantly learning how to work with minimal tools. Football equipment and still maximize your ability to the fullest.

What is your biggest strength?

Team player, natural born leader and executor. Knowing where to be. Playing between the tackles and reaction to the play.

What is your biggest weakness?

Straight line speed. Could be looser in my drops correcting my formation in the drop.

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

I plan to bring a positive impact on the community and the organization.

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

Lawrence Taylor on defense, Warren Moon on offense and the Oakland Raiders

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

Benjamin Franklin, Al Davis and my grand father who passed away.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Donate a portion to my high school, Junior college or current college Virginia University of Lynchburg. Something like that, because they believed in me!

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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