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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Derek Floyd, DE, University of Central Arkansas

Central Arkansas DE Derek Floyd had an amazing senior year

Central Arkansas DE Derek Floyd had an amazing senior year

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?

Derek Floyd

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 255lb

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of Central Arkansas

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

Coolest thing off the field I have done is being apart of Big Brothers Big Sisters

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

Hardest college class that I took was Macr biology

Where are you from?

Dallas, Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

My biggest role models are all 3 of my old brothers, growing up we didn’t have it easy at all and to see how good all of them turned out motivates me as a man to keep pushing in better myself.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Played basketball for for 3 years and ran track for 4 years.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I’ve played outside linebacker and all across the D-Line.. One thing that I feel separates me from the rest is how physical I am and my ability to play multiple positions

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

While breaking down film I’m real big at picking up any kind of tendency that will let me know run pass.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Toughest player I have ever placed would be Reshod Fortenberry from Texas Tech

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

Anthony Barr for the Vikings, his relentless play and people have told me we favor each other.

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

The biggest obstacle that I have had to overcome was just being able to make it to college on a scholarship I went to 4 different high schools learned a different defense every time and it was just hard for most schools to keep up with me and hard for me to play to the best of my abilities because I kind of always felt like I was thinking about what I was doing instead of just playing and techniques every year and I overcame that just by having faith in God and knowing whatever he wants to happen in my life it will.

derek floydDo you have any pre-game rituals?

Not really good music and just real quit until game time.

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

Just being noticed and knowing there’s not going to be 50,000 people in the stands every week cheering.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is being mentally strong.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is staying healthy which o have no control over

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

I would tell them all I need is a chance,you seen the film I’ll do whatever I am asked and will do it 110% of my ability!

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

Always been a cowboys fan (home team) and my favorite player growing up was Marion Barber.

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

P.Diddy , my Granddad, and Obama

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I wouldn’t touch it but my second one I would use it to take care of my grandmother and mother.

Rapid Answers:

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

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