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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Dahon Taylor, OL, Virginia Union University

Virginia Union has a monster offensive tackle in Dahon Taylor. He does a great job at slowing down defenders.

Virginia Union has a monster offensive tackle in Dahon Taylor. He does a great job at slowing down defenders.

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?

Dahon Taylor

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5/307

What is your position?

OT

Where do you play college football?

Virginia Union University

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

During the Spring of 2015, The athletes and athletic administration of Virginia Union protested the build over of Lumpkin’s slave jail. Once the slaves were freed, the jail’s facilities were turned into where Virginia Union would get it’s roots. Most of the land was already taken.

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

Criminological Research Methods

Where are you from?

Florence, New Jersey

Who is your role model, and why?

God is my only role model. I do learn from others and listen to advice but God is the only Idol in my life.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Soccer,Basketball, Baseball, and Track and Field

Did you play any other positions in football?

Tight end

At your position, what separates you from others?

At my position my athleticism and mind separate me from others. I have been blessed with athletic ability and I always feel a step ahead. As far the mind goes I stay calm through adversity. Things can go bad but what are you going to now?.

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

When breaking down film I first look at the down and distance, then the alignment of the defense. Then check for blitzes, slants and stunts. Then I look at players for their tells which can help me know when a blitz is coming or a certain move they show they’ll go to.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Myself. As long as I can get mentally prepared I know I can play with anyone.

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

I would not compare my play to anyone, my athleticism gives me a unique skill set.

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 was getting in my own way. Once I took responsibility for being the biggest problem throughout my life I grew not just on the field, but also in the classroom and as a person.

Do you have any pre­game rituals?

Before the game I just like to practice my steps and sets.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my mental toughness

What is your biggest weakness?

I would say my biggest weakness is not giving my opponent enough credit. Sometimes you run across others with talent and then it’s time for a dog fight.

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

Picking me is a great decision. I will do whatever for the team to ensure success. I will fight through adversity and lead others through it.

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

Growing up my favorite player was Brian Dawkins because of his aggressiveness. The Eagles were my favorite team.

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

Samson, J.Cole, MLK

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

Whatever my mom wants.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • 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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