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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cole King, WR, University of Albany

Albany wide out Cole King is a big target with great hands

Albany wide out Cole King is a big target with great hands

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?

Cole King

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 195

What is your position?

Wide Receiver

Where do you play college football?

University at Albany

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

Hosting the Capital District Pop Warner Challengers game at UAlbany. Divided the kids up amongst the team and had a flag game going. Honestly, we probably had more fun than the kids.

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

Statistics

Where are you from?

Syracuse, New York

Who is your role model, and why?

I’d have to say both of my parents. Though apart, the both instilled many characteristics and values that I still carry with me to this day.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball was my first love. Played basketball and ran track as well.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Played FS, PR/KR, backup QB and kicked off.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I have strong hands and a big catch radius. I run smooth routes and have great technique off and to the ball as well.

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

I look to find any tendencies in my opponent that I can exploit. Whether he is an inside or outside arm jammer. Whether or not he likes to mirror or play trail technique. Anything to put myself in a better position.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Adam Bridgeforth from Colgate.

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

AJ Green. He has long extremities and is real rangy, so he makes a lot of extraordinary catches seem ordinary. Hes really good at making plays on the sidelines too.

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

My junior year of high school I moved down to Leroy, Alabama with my pops. It was just a different way of life down there. Pops had a farm, so he had me out there working hard! I can proudly say that it was all worth it though. Made me stronger mentally and physically. Ended up playing along side some great athletes like Pittsburgh Steeler Sammie Coates and elevating my game.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Visualize myself making plays/blocks etc. Listen to music. Mostly Gucci and Waka. Dap up every player on the squad and say a prayer for the safety of all participants in the game.

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

Exposure is probably the biggest hurdle for small school players like me. The fact that we weren’t doing it in the SEC or ACC seems to diminish what we do. That isn’t thee case at all. We ball!

What is your biggest strength?

My work ethic and my ability to lead. There’s more to football than what you do on the field of play.

What is your biggest weakness?

I’m a perfectionist and my own worst critic. Always thinking it could have been better diminishes what has already been done.

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

I will earn my keep. All I need is an opportunity to showcase my talents. Ill let you make your judgments from there, but I bring tough, hardworking, physical mindset to the WR position and am willing to do whatever to better my team.

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

Brian Dawkins was my favorite player growing up. Eagles never had good WRs though, so Id watch Larry Fitz, Calvin Johnson and Ocho Cinco ball.

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

Barack Obama, Bob Marley and Cris Carter.

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

Anything my mother wants and maybe a used car for myself. Cant do too much.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? Neither. Apple Juice.
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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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