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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Branden Jackson, DE, Texas Tech University

Texas Tech DE Branden Jackson is a big kid with great speed and technique

Texas Tech DE Branden Jackson is a big kid with great speed and technique

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?

Branden Jackson

What is your Height/Weight?

6’4″/ 270lbs

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Texas Tech University

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

Changed number from 90 to 9 to represent step brother Chauncey Williams who was murdered in 2013.

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

Poli psy

Where are you from?

McKeesport PA

Who is your role model, and why?

Big brother because he made it out and did it his way

Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My understanding of the game

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

Pre snap tendencies

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

La’Raven Clark

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

Michael Bennett Jr. because the way he was over look during the draft process and the versatility his game has that allows him to play all D-Line positions at a high level.

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

Not becoming a product of my environment. I stayed in church organization, playing sports, working odd jobs and looking after my sister.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Jog around field one time, sit at the goal post and read a bible verse before heading back to the locker room.

What is your biggest strength?

Play recognition

What is your biggest weakness?


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

Am the best kept secret

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

Favorite player JJ Watt, favorite team Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

Tupac, Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Wedding Ring

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 [email protected]

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