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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kassan Messiah, OLB, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kessan Messiah of UMass is a solid linebacker. He has great speed an hits hard

Kassan Messiah of UMass is a solid linebacker. He has great speed an hits hard

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?

Kassan Messiah, Jr.

What is your Height/Weight?


What is your position?

Outside Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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

Speaking to the Youth in my city and setting a good example form them. To exemplify and encourage the youth to make good decisions and work toward their dreams because they are attainable, regardless of their circumstances. I’m proof of that.

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


Where are you from?

Orange, NJ

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother because although she’s had to raise her children without my father around, my mother has managed to keep our family strong while juggling the challenges of life. Through it all she continues pushing forward to accomplish her goals. She has played a tremendous role in the man I am today by setting a standard. If she has made no excuses neither can I.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Track and Field

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes, DE, QB, WR and Safety.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My Versatility. Feeling comfortable at many areas on the field, my attention to detail, and most importantly my Effort. Desire to get to the football and make plays.

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

When breaking down film I look for backfield sets, formations, protections, and Tendencies. Things that put me one step ahead on game day.

kessanWho was the toughest player you ever faced?

Eric Fisher

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

Jamie Collins. I make this comparison because of his versatility, being an every down linebacker, play making ability, and athleticism.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Prayer and Double socks

What is your biggest strength?

My passion for the game, my attention to detail, and leadership.

What is your biggest weakness?

Having so much more to learn, at my position and the game as a whole.

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

I’m honorable, dependable, durable, productive and hardworking .

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

Lawrence Taylor

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

Barack Obama, Kevin Gates, My Father

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

A Home

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? NEITHER
  • 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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