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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Shaneil Jenkins, DE, Shepherd University

Shaneil Jenkins is a beast off the edge. He finished his Senior year with over ten sacks

Shaneil Jenkins is a beast off the edge. He finished his Senior year with over ten sacks

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?

Shaneil Jenkins

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 280

What is your position?

Defensive End

Where do you play college football?

Shepherd University

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

Everything I do off the field is important given signatures, taking pictures, just giving advice to young up-and-coming players just to see the smile and enjoyment on their faces makes my day. Also I visited the post traumatic stress disorder Hospital and that was all so cool to see their points of views on things while paying my respect to people who were putting their lives on the line for our country.

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

Any class with Dr. Place

Where are you from?

District Heights, Maryland

Who is your role model, and why?

Jesus, no matter what problems were in front of him he always kept his eyes and his mind focus on the bigger picture.

Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?

Defensive Tackle and Tight End

At your position, what separates you from others?

I have no weekends I’m a very bad as player very disruptive and I love to play in the backfield I don’t care about stats I just like being disruptive.

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

Tendencies and weaknesses and snap counts

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Former Shepherd Ram Isaiah Shelton

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

Shelton Richardson New York Jets

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

Just a tough upbringing overall and seeing your loved one struggling and not be able to help. And I wouldn’t say I’m completely over it is still hard to deal with but it does keep me motivated

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Lack of resources however coming from a small school builds character and heart.

ShaneilWhat is your biggest strength?

Toughness both mentally and physically.

What is your biggest weakness?


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

It’s not about the money to me nor the fame I’m here to dominate this is not only my life it’s also my career I’m willing to do anything and sacrifice everything to be successful.

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

Sean Taylor

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

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Sean Taylor

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


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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