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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tarik Bennett, DL, College At Brockport

Brockport pass rusher Tarik Bennett is a fierce competition with a very high motor

Brockport pass rusher Tarik Bennett is a fierce competition with a very high motor

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?  

Tarik Bennett 

What is your Height/Weight?

5ft’11 & 255lbs  

What is your position?

Interior DT/NT/Defensive-Line  

Where do you play college football?

The College At Brockport, State University of New York  

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

Volunteering for our school literacy program, reading to smaller kids and providing them a day of fun filled with various scholastic activities.  

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

CSC 120  Computer science course 

Where are you from? 

Mount Vernon NY, Westchester County 

Who is your role model, and why?

My Uncle Colin, He displays what a family oriented man with a good heart should be and is a very humble successful man.  

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes, I played Soccer, Basketball, Baseball,Karate, Lacrosse & Track and Field. 

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes, I played Offensive Line, Kicker, Outside Linebacker  

tarikAt your position, what separates you from others?

My Speed off the ball, I use it to my advantage, I stay very low & I am a very relentless pass rusher with a quick first step. 

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

Tactics, I look for my opponent’s flaws, His Habits that gives away blocking schemes and plays in which they are accustomed to running. I mainly look to see their habits in there most dominant plays and how I can shut that down around my game plan. I look for weak points and bad technique in pass blocking, so I can make adjustments. I Break down film to have a very versatile game plan. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Bruce Doyle  

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

Aaron Donald (St.Louis Rams), His get off speed and nature to disrupt the backfield, is exactly how I play the game. Behind the line of scrimmage. Check out my film, Thank you.

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

The idea of transferring colleges, I overcame it by speaking to my Head Coach and my Athletic director who gave me great advice.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Yes, I pray for my entire team’s, safety, Myself, My Family. I like to be very calm before a game, I listen to Celine Dion or slow jams of that nature. 

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

Exposure of film and for someone to see that I have the talent, work ethic and humbleness to not only play but Dominate at the Next level.

What is your biggest strength?

My faith. My Leverage

What is your biggest weakness?

My Height

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

If 5 years from this date, I assure you 4 championship rings, I am not signing to this team to be a fundamental and systematic player, I am not signing to get comfortable, I am signing to be a dominate player because you believe in me and I will better this team my learning first and dominating on game day. I am a relentless individual in striving to better myself every day by listening to Veterans and  my coaching staff. I am leader by actions and my character will uplift the spirit of the team, this will give up a true identity to an entire defense.  

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

Favorite Player is Justin Tuck and Favorite Team is NY Giants  

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

GOD, Martin Luther King Jr, Bill Clinton 

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

My Mother a House 

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? None 
  • 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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