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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Denzel Nieves, RB, Montclair State University

Denzel Nieves the running back of Montclair State University is an agile back with speed and power

Denzel Nieves the running back of Montclair State University is an agile back with speed and power

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What is your name?

Denzel Nieves

What is your Height/Weight?

I am a 5’7 202lbs

What is your position?

Running back

Where do you play college football?

Montclair State University

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

The coolest thing I did off the field was help in the special Olympics events in spring 2015. It was great to see kids over come there disabilities and compete at a high level.

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

The hardest college course I took was Micro Economics! I pulled a couple all nighters for that course

Where are you from?

I am from South Orange, New Jersey.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model was my god father Dr. Theodore Johnson, he always told me to never take seconds, because lions don’t drink muddy water.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball and football my whole life until I enter high school, because I wanted to focus on football.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I am also a wide receiver and a return specialist.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I have great vision and a quick first step, which allows me to see the hole and explode and accelerate through it.I pride myself in not being able to be taken down by one defender.

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

When I break down film I look at a lot of things but I like to see if the linebackers are patience, is the opposing team a heavy blitz team, and what plays were successful against there defense.

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

I like to compare myself to Darren Sproles, because he is a under size back who can do everything and can also deliver a blow to a defender.

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

The biggest obstacle I had to overcome in my life was the passing of my godfather Dr. Theodore Johnson. It was hard to overcome but his passing gave me more motivation to succeed in life, because he would never want his death to set me back.


Denzel is training with Parabolic Performance and Rehab in New Jersey. Brian Martin the Director is a legend in the industry.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I always wear my Adrian Peterson shirt before every game.

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

The obstacles you face coming out of a small is the hype and respect that other players do coming out of big schools.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my work ethic, because I’ve always had to work harder then next man because of my height.

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

If had a chance to sell myself to a GM, I would say I am a shifty hard nose runner, who can run between the tackles, catch the ball out the back field, and I am great in pass protection! I could contribute on special teams as a returner and defender. And you will never have to worry about me on and off the field.

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

My favorite running back is Ladainian Tomlinson, because he was smooth runner and he always let his game talk for himself.

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

I would love to have dinner with Kobe Bryant, Curtis “50 cent” Jackson, and Marshawn Lynch!

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

I would pay off my student loans with my first NFL check!

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