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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jalen Simmons, RB, South Carolina State University

Jalen Simmons has good speed and power.  The SC State back could be a sleeper back for an NFL team

Jalen Simmons has good speed and power. The SC State back could be a sleeper back for an NFL team

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?

Jalen Simmons

What is your Height/Weight?

5’8 205

What is your position?

Running Back

Where do you play college football?

South Carolina State

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

Well I Don’t consider helping at the Boys and Girls Club the coolest thing I’ve done, but I make it my duty to sever those kids as if they are my brothers and sisters.

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

Well I will have to say the hardest class I have taking, was Sports marketing and Sports Law

Where are you from?

I’m from Charlotte NC

Who is your role model, and why?

My Dad is my role Model I say he is because he has push me in every aspect in life. He has done all he can to take care of his family. Furthermore, he was the first one to tell me to go get what’s yours in life while you’re living.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played Basketball growing up.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played SS in High school.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I separate myself from other Rb’s because I have good awareness, speed, running ability and blocking ability and overall my work ethic will surpass anyone on the field.

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

When I watch film it’s all about what type of blitzes is the defense is running which DE I have to chip before getting in a route, furthermore I also look at how the second level defenders tackle.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I faced is on my team and that Javon Hargrave.

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

Frank Gore is who I compare my game to. I say this because we are the same backs from running styles to how he plays the game of football.

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

The biggest obstacle in my life was overcoming surgeries on both shoulders. I overcame them by just keeping faith and rehab my butt off.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I like to just listen to Rick Ross before every game.

Jalen SimmonsWhat is your biggest strength?

Biggest strength has to be my toughest

What is your biggest weakness?

Biggest weakness is my hands

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

I will say that I’m one of the hardest working men you will ever have on your team, also I will say I’m willing to play special teams

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

Adrian Peterson

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

Martin Luther King Jr, Walter Payton, and Tony Dungy

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


Something for my Mom

Rapid Answers:

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

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