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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Devin Threat, OL, University of the Incarnate Word

Devin Threat of Incarnate Word is a big boy with a Mauler attitude

Devin Threat of Incarnate Word is a big boy with a Mauler attitude

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? 

Devin Threat

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 310lbs

What is your position?

Offensive Lineman; Center,Guard

Where do you play college football?

Played out of San Antonio, TX at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) FCS school in the Southland Conference.

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

Back in my hometown I was able to help run a free football fundamentals camp for the kids in that area. Very enjoyable experience.

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

Quantitative Methods for Business Analysis, MBA course.

Where are you from?

Mexia,TX. City in east Texas of about 7,000 people.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is a guy named Kelvin Beachum, who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is from my hometown and has always been my go to guy for advice or tips for playing this game we both love.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up in a small town you pretty much had to participate in every sport. I played baseball, basketball, threw the shot and discus.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Aside from playing offensive line, I played Defensive Tackle/Defensive end in high school.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My technique and footwork are great assets that I posses. Being coached by a former NFL Offensive Line Coach in Tony Marciano, and playing four years in a pro style offense, I learned the footwork necessary to compete at the professional level. Nowadays so many offensive lineman in college are taught zone step footwork that doesn’t very well translate to the NFL, so that is why I believe that me having already learned the footwork and terminology of the pros will separate me from other free agents.

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

As far as observing myself, I look for the tiniest of details in my play that may be detrimental to executing my assignments. One 6 inch step in the wrong direction could be the difference in getting to my man or not. When I look at the defense I try to pick up on the non-obvious things that could help me get a jump on what they might be running. For example I try to always know where the safety’s are aligned, if they are low there’s a good chance pressure might be coming from the front seven.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Johnathan Woodard out of Central Arkansas.

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

Logan Mankins is someone I try to emulate when I play. He’s really aggressive, some would say nasty. Solid in pass protection and his footwork is impeccable.

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

Growing up in a small town where the expectation was that you would end up selling drugs on the street by the time you were in high school. I had to be locked in on my goals constantly. I wanted to be the first one in my family to go to college, but because My family had no money, it would have to be on a scholarship. That’s why I put in the extra hours every day in practice and gave everything I had every game. The greatest feeling my signing my name on the scholarship papers knowing I had a ticket out of that place and on to a better future.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I go over every play we are going to run in my head and visualize how I am going to react to every possible move they make.

What is your biggest strength?

My athleticism

What is your biggest weakness?

My strength needs to continue to improve.

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

I’d say at least give me a minute instead of just a second. Then I’d say that I am a very hardworking and reliable young man who has a passion for playing the game of football. I’ve been overlooked my whole life and it has only made me stronger in every aspect. I’d be willing to give your team everything I’ve got if I just got one opportunity. Don’t miss out because I will be successful, it’s just a matter of who takes the chance.

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

Ray Lewis with the Ravens

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

Ray Lewis, Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban

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

An engagement ring for my girlfriend.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
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  • Pizza or Burgers?
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