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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Johnnie Medina, OL, Western Connecticut State

Johnnie Medina is a big boy who caught a touchdown pass.

Johnnie Medina is a big boy who caught a touchdown pass.

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?

Johnnie Medina

What is your Height/Weight?

6’7/ 355

What is your position?

Offensive tackle

Where do you play college football?

Western Connecticut State University

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

One of the coolest things I have done off the field was work with a group of younger kids and Daunte Culpepper, helping these kids work on the game of football and teaching them how to love the game.

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

The hardest college class I had to take would be (JLA)320 Criminal Procedure, Very interesting and motivating class but the professor was difficult and did not feel bad for anyone, also gave very difficult tests.

Where are you from?

I am from Bridgeport Connecticut born and raised

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents would be my role models because they are very motivational and nothing will stop them in their path. If they want something, they get it and I  instilled that in my daily life.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I only played baseball, and also did karate. I started playing football in high school just to give it a try and fell in love with the game.

Did you play any other positions in football?

In high-school I played defensive end and Nose tackle and loved defense, that’s all I wanted to play

At your position, what separates you from others?

Playing O-line you have to love the game because we get no recognition but there is no better feeling than putting another individual on there back all game long to the point where they want nothing to do with you.

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

Breaking down film, I like to in vision myself in the tackles position. Check which feet the defensive end takes off on, also how different they approach the line. Some players show when they are going to slant or rush up field. I also like to watch linebackers to see if they are quick upfield or like to scrape across line

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

One of the toughest players I have faced would be one of my best friends Devin Myers,who I played with at Western Connecticut. He was on my team but when we would go against each other it was always a battle. He is a physical and fast player off the line, he currently plays over seas and still is having a great career.

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

If I would compare my play to an individual it would be D.J Fluker. A heavier player but quick on his feet. He plays with an attitude and dominates on the field, it was exciting to watch him play in college.

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

My first 2 years of college was one of the most difficult times in my life. Being a student athlete was not the easiest task for me, I was not doing so well in classes and also our team went 0-20 during those 2 years. So I decided to finally get help with my classes and new coaches came in and turned our program around.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I don’t like to talk a lot on game day, I like to stay focused on my match up so I mainly listen to music and watch film.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength would be my drive to keep going, I have always been doubted but the more I work, I changed people’s opinions of me

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

If you were a GM and I had a second to sell myself I would explain how hard I will work throughout my years of playing just to be the best player on and off the field.

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

I never really watched football until my junior year of high school and my father was always a fan of the Cowboys, so I grew up watching and loving the boys.

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

I would choose to have dinner with My grandmother, Ray lewis, and Bo Jackson

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

Material things are not really what I’m looking forward to, I just want to play the greatest game ever.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? Neither
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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