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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Donzale Ashley, SS, Ashland University

Donzale Ashley of Ashland has some pretty good film. He could be a sleeper for a thin secondary

Donzale Ashley of Ashland has some pretty good film. He could be a sleeper for a thin secondary

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?

Donzale Ashley

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 220

What is your position?

Strong safety

Where do you play college football?

Ashland University

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

Helping elementary kids with reading and writing.

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


Where are you from?

Stockton, CA

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother. She sacrificed a lot for me and I can’t thank her enough for that. She showed me the path I have to take in order to be successful.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Track

Did you play any other positions in football?

Also can play cornerback

At your position, what separates you from others? –

My length and ability to get off blocks. Also attacking the ball in the air.

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

Receivers alignment. Offensive line run and pass reads. Quarterback tendencies

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Marcus Tucker, Northern Michigan

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

Dashon Goldson. Because of his ability to find the ball and make big time hits and plays in the air.

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

Losing my father at a young age. Had no male figure in my household to guide me into becoming a man. My step father then entered my life and helped me become the man I am today. Also along with my uncles.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Showering before the game makes me feel fresh and relaxed. Then listen to classical music to ease my mind.

What is your biggest strength?

Football IQ. Understanding the game and coachable.

donzaleWhat is your biggest weakness?


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

Accountable. Will do whatever it takes to help the team.

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

Favorite player was Sean Taylor and favorite team growing up was the Washington Redskins.

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

My father, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson

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

A car for my mom. Then pay off her bills.

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

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