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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jamaal Jones, WR, University of Montana

Montana WR Jamaal Jones is the best small school wide out no one is talking about

Montana WR Jamaal Jones is the best small school wide out no one is talking about

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?

Jamaal Jones

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 190lb

What is your position?

WR

Where do you play college football?

University of Montana

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

Played piano at a retirement home. It wasn’t while I was in college but definitely something that has stuck with me.

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

Probably business econ while I was at UW. I didn’t have great study habits coming into college and found out the hard way it takes more than coming to class to pass.

Where are you from?

Spanaway, WA

Who is your role model, and why?

I would say my parents. They have made a lot out of a little and it’s taught me that if put full effort into anything that I’m doing good things will happen.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Track, Basketball, Baseball

Did you play any other positions in football?

My first year playing football I played nose guard and O-line (5th grade). Eventually I found my way to running back, corner, and wide receiver.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My route running and ball skills separates me from others. I see a lot of receivers that let the ball get into their body and some that rely on their physical gifts to get open but that’s not the staple of my game.

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

I’ll watch DB’s and I’ll look for their tendencies and how patient they are, how fast do they turn their hips, are they physical? I know the more patient a corner is, the more I have to sell a certain direction to get a clean release.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Desmond Trufant. He’s extremely patient and quick which makes it hard to get off the line when he presses. I learned a lot watching him.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would say Keenan Allen because of our emphasis on technique and route running. He’s a very clean route runner and doesn’t always rely on his physical gifts to get open. I try to be the same way.

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

Transferring from UW. I had to be sure of my abilities, because ultimately I was taking a risk. I was and so far it has been a blessing.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No I just try to stay as relaxed as possible.

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

I feel that I’ll have to show that I can play with anybody in the country because in reality succeeding in the FCS isn’t as credible as succeeding in the FBS.

jamaal jonesWhat is your biggest strength?

Route Running and ball skills.

What is your biggest weakness?

Complacency

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

I am not a liability.

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

My favorite player growing up was The Bus. Only running back I have ever seen to run over Brain Urlacher .

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

J Dilla, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Jesus Christ.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

When I was young I used to lean back in the chairs at our dinner table and they’d always break. My mom said that when I get to the NFL I’d have to buy her a new table set, so I would buy that.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV? HGTV ( I like nice houses )
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario? That’s tough, 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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