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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Reggie Gilbert, DE, University of Arizona

Arizona pass rusher Reggie Gilbert is a nasty pass rusher with great moves and size

Arizona pass rusher Reggie Gilbert is a nasty pass rusher with great moves and size

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? 

Reggie Gilbert

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’3, 275

What is your position? 

Defensive End

Where do you play college football? 

The University of Arizona

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

We were able to give out books to elementary kids, and teach them the importance of learning.

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

Psychology Statistics

Where are you from? 

Sacramento, CA

Who is your role model, and why? 

My older brothers, they taught me nothing is ever going to be given to you. That you have to work hard for everything you want.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 


Did you play any other positions in football? 

Tight End

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My motor and passion for the game.

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

Whether an offensive lineman is a leaner or bender, where his kick set up point in pass protection is, formations and tendencies.

REggieWho was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Matt Khalil, USC

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

I try to model my play from Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks. He  is a phenomenal player and also my favorite player to watch. He has the ability to be a force both inside and outside, as do I.

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

My biggest obstacle would have to be having both of my brothers incarcerated, forcing me to be the man of the house. To overcome this obstacle, I keep faith in god and give 100 percent in everything that I do.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I pray over every field that I step foot on. My teammate Antonio Smothers and I had a pregame handshake we do before every kick off.

What is your biggest strength? 

I feel like I have many strengths within my game, I can rush the passer and also defend the run. I always play with good pad level.

What is your biggest weakness? 

Wouldn’t really say I have one particular weakness, I am always trying to improve in every aspect of my game.

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

With me your getting a player that would do whatever it takes for the team, and I guarantee you that you will get my very best 110% on every play and both in practice and games.

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

Favorite NFL team was the Oakland Raiders, and my favorite player was Charles Woodson.

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

I would have dinner with Jesus, Tupac, and Tookie Williams.

Rapid Answers:

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

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