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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Frank Shannon, LB, University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon is a beast on the football field

University of Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon is a beast on the football field, that has a 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?

Frank Shannon

What is your Height/Weight?

6ft 235

What is your position?

ILB

Where do you play college football?

University of Oklahoma

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

Give toys away on Christmas for my church at an event called “Christmas in the Park.” I also took the North Dallas Raiders little league football team to a Mavericks game and was able to get them in a commercial with the mayor of Dallas

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

None were particularly hard, I enjoyed them all.

Where are you from?

I am from Dallas, Texas, I grew up on the SouthSide of Dallas right by the Fair park

Who is your role model, and why?

I have several role models. Muhammad Ali, because he overcame a lot of trials and tribulations. Erykah Badu, because she grew up in my neighborhood and she was able to make it out and become an important icon in American. Boosie, because his music was really relatable to me and my community because of were we grew up at. Then LeBron James because he is one the smartest athletes, not only on the court, but also in the business arena. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played baseball, basketball, and football growing up all the way to high school

Did you play any other positions in football?

Growing up I have played every position on the football field including punter and kicker.

shannonAt your position, what separates you from others?

I am really explosive and nobody else can make plays like I can. I am a tackling machine and I have been doing this my entire life.

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

I look for every little detail that the team will give me  in order to know what play they are running. All the signals the quarterback  and the offensive line do, I am looking for that while I am watching film.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Tavon Austin was the coldest player I have ever played against hands down we couldn’t stop him

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

I would compare myself to Luke Kuechly. I play with that same type of vision and side line to side line play

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

In 2014 I had to overcome my suspension and deal with my mother having cancer all at the same time. It was the hardest thing to overcome but because of God, I am in a great place today.

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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