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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Carl Jones, OL, North Carolina Central University


Carl Jones from NCCU is a monster on the O-Line. He is a very solid player

Carl Jones from NCCU is a monster on the O-Line. He is a very solid player

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 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 to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Carl E. Jones Jr. 

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 285lbs 

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

North Carolina Central University 

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

Going to a senior citizen “prom”. I actually was awarded a spot on the 2016 Allstate Good Works Team for community service.

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

Intermediate Accounting II

Where are you from?

Nashville, TN

Who is your role model, and why?

My father, Carl E. Jones Sr. He taught me life lessons that I use to this day. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball and baseball 

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played TE in high school 

At your position, what separates you from others?

I play harder and longer than anyone else and it shows on film. 

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

I look for tendencies in D-lineman. I look to see how linebackers take on blocks and I watch to see how players play in the 4th quarter. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Javon Hargrave who plays DT for the Pittsburgh Steelers nown. 

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

Joe Berger of the Minnesota Vikings because of how hard he plays. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I read scriptures during pre-game meal. 

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

Obviously the stereotype that we play lesser competition. And then my size, I’m not the ideal offensive lineman size, but film doesn’t lie. I can play with the best of them. 

What is your biggest strength?

My knowledge of the game and ability to read defenses, as well as how hard I play every snap. 

What is your biggest weakness?

Playing past the first whistle. Sometimes I come close to drawing personal foul penalties. 

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

Film doesn’t lie. Don’t look at my school or measurements. Watch me film and more specifically watch our “money games” against ACC, MAC, and AAC schools. 

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

Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys

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

My father, Carl E. Jones Sr., Steve McNair, and Martin Luther King Jr. 

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Something for my mother. 

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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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