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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Derius Griffin, OT, Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Derius Griffin is a big offensive lineman that is a great run blocker

Derius Griffin is a big offensive lineman that is a great run blocker

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?

Derius Griffin

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 280

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

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

Fly up to the Phoenix dream center and help those in need!

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

Abnormal psychology

Where are you from?

McKinney, TX

Who is your role model, and why?

My Mama for sure, I never seen anyone sacrifice the way she has and give when she had none to give. That woman done so much for me all by herself I can’t be more thankful for her.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes I am a athlete I also played basketball, soccer and baseball

Did you play any other positions in football?

LT, LG, RG also played DL in HS

At your position, what separates you from others?

Being able to use my speed and knowledge of the game to know what my opponent is going to do, know his move before he does, dictating his whereabouts. He’s gonna go where I want him to no doubt about it.

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

Making sure my step are on point and seeing what I can do next time to improve my success on the field.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Vonn Brown one of the nicest I seen since my last college.

griffin1If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Marshal Yanda he’s always Looking for extra work down field and very tenacious, also he  has good technique while also being a very smart player.

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

Getting I’ll after the season and not knowing what was going. To happen from one day to the next, I got over it with the help from the people who love me and the almighty Man up stairs helping me recover and get back on the field.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Gotta have my salt pills and my music, Don Trip always have me ready to Put in work.

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

Getting exposure like the bigger schools always having to do a little more to get noticed. But I think that is also a advantage for us cause it makes us more hungry.

What is your biggest strength?

My knowledge of the game and my desire to win.

What is your biggest weakness?

Focusing on the next play at times when it doesn’t go as expected.

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

If you want someone who is going to give you his all and is going to do everything in his power to win then I’m your guy you need me on that best DE all game put me on it and let’s get this Dub.

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

Colts Marvin Harrison and my all time Favorite Bob Sanders these guys where complete animals I admired the way they played they game. Bob being so undersized too and being able to do what he did? Amazing.

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

Jesus, a GM, and J.R. Smith

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

Gotta set my mama and grandma off before anything. No more working for them!

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? Gatorade
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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