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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Rasheed Johnson, DB, Millersville University

Millersville defensive back Rasheed Johnson is a playmaker

Millersville defensive back Rasheed Johnson is a playmaker

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What is your name? 

Rasheed Johnson

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’0 217

What is your position? 

Free Safety/Strong Safety

Where do you play college football? 

Millersville University *D2*

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

The coolest thing I’ve done off the field would be helping and supporting younger football players from where I grew up at (Norristown, Pa). Showing them drills and techniques I learned but also supporting them at there sporting events. 

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

The hardest class would have to be Micro Economics

Where are you from? 

A small town with a lot of talent. Norristown, Pa 

Who is your role model, and why? 

I have two role models in my life. My father and my Grandmother. Growing up my Dad taught me to be tough and become a man early which I think plays a big part in my success today. My Grandmother raised me my whole life, the lessons and values she taught me made me the man I am today so I would have to say them two. 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Growing up I played basketball too. I always thought I would be the next LeBron James but things turned out a little differently lol. 

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played Quarterback before, I’ve I could play that position again I would. 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My size. Being 6’0 217, I like the ideal size for the NFL safety. I love to play in the box and be physical. I think that separates me because my guys don’t like to play in the trenches. 

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

While watching film I look at the opponents tendencies. If he does a certain break or fake during his route I try to pick up on that. I also study their weakness and try to expose those. If I see a WR is weak and cant get off the press than I’m up in his chest all game. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

 One of the toughest players I ever faced would be a guy named Sheldon Mayor. He’s from Norristown also and went to a PSAC school. He a little guy with a lot of heart. Quick and physical. I would compare his game to Darren Sproles. 

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

I would compare myself to Kam Chancellor. His physicality and aggression is similar to mines. I tried to model my game after his. The way he delivers big hits and plays like a animal in the box is crazy. I tried to be the same type of guy on the field. 

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

My biggest obstacle I had to overcome would be when my Grandmother passed away December 17, 2014 the winter before my senior year of college.  She was very influential in my life and was my everything. It rocked me when she passed away. As I continue to play football or anything really, I try to give it a 110% because I know that’s what she’d want me to do. So just doing everything in her honor helps me overcome the pain. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Some Pre game rituals I have would be listening to my playlist that I’ve created the night before the game in the locker room and I have to make sure I pray and give God thanks before I leave the locker room.  

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength would me being able to play in the box. I bring a lot of physicality to the game. I feel like I’m a for sure tackler. 

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness would probably be man coverage. It’s gotten a lot better but still has a lot of room for improvement. 

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

I would tell him taking a chance on me would be like buying perfectly find Lamborghini at the price of 98 Honda Civic, it’s a great deal but many people would be afraid about taking it. I’m hungry and determined. Every drill, meetings or anything dealing with football id give that franchise more than 100%. I would be the ultimate worker. I know what’s it’s like to be the underdog. So I would approach everyday like that. This attitude would be helpful to an team because it’s bringing out the best in me plus the best out of players around me. Which is a key factors in wins… 

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

My favorite team growing up was always the Dallas Cowboys. My Dad is a huge Cowboys fan so I grew to like them growing up. 

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

If I could have dinner with three people it would be my grandmother Betty Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, and I would bring my Father along with me. 

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

This first big item I would buy would be a big house for my close family to live in comfortably.

 

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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