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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kelvin Deveaux, DB, Coastal Carolina University

Kelvin Deveaux of Coastal Carolina is a solid defensive back from small Abbeville, SC

Kelvin Deveaux of Coastal Carolina is a solid defensive back from small Abbeville, SC

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What is your name?

Kelvin Deveaux

What is your Height/Weight?

5”10 ½ 190

What is your position?

Free Safety

Where do you play college football?

Coastal Carolina University

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

This past summer my childhood friend Reggie Thomas and I, created, organized, and managed a free youth football camp for the kids in and near our community.

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


Where are you from?

Abbeville, SC

Who is your role model, and why?  

My mom because of the structure she gave me. She also showed me that no matter what situation life throws at you, your response to the situation is what matters most.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and soccer

Did you play any other positions in football?

Corner back, nickel back,running back,

At your position, what separates you from others?

My ability to understand defensive concepts thoroughly, which allows me to me play faster and more confident.

Kelvin DeveauxWhen you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Subtle tendencies, that could imply a play’s/player’s direction or next move.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Lance Lenoir of WIU

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

I would say ‘Bam Bam’ Kam Chancellor because of his versatility.  Kam alternates between covering deep, playing down in the box, or covering slot receivers. Which are attributes that I also embody.

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

Having two knee surgeries in high school and having to walk on to Coastal Carolina. I began training during my freshman year of college to walk onto the team. Once I made it, I constantly set new goals for myself as a player and keep working to earning a starting position and scholarship.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Yes after running out of the tunnel, the first thing I do is go pray to thank God for everything.

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

Proving that I can be effective and dominant against competition at any level.

What is your biggest strength?

My quick feet, knowledge and understanding of the game puts me in position to be successful.

What is your biggest weakness?

An area I need to improve in, while tackling, I come to balance too soon; instead of closing in on the near hip more.

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

By being a student of the game, I grasp and understand defensive/special team concepts effectively. I prepare diligently to ensure that I perform my 1/11th to the best of my ability.

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

Brian Dawkins and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

My Grandparents, who did not get to see me graduate college, and J.Cole.

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

My first check would be put towards paying back student loans.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
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  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?


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