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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Clarence CJ Counts, DB, Graceland University

Clarence CJ Counts is a speedster that has been making plays at Graceland since he got there.

Clarence CJ Counts is a speedster that has been making plays at Graceland since he got there.

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?

Clarence “CJ” Counts

What is your Height/Weight?

5’8 175

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Graceland University

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

Volunteer work at a Special Olympics event held at Graceland University

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


Where are you from?

Pahokee FL (Muck City)

Who is your role model, and why?

My mom, because she is a strong minded praying warrior

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Track

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Speed, quickness, hips, feet, aggressiveness.

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

Footwork off the line, speed, route running, and aggressiveness

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Jesse Vaughn (Evangel University)

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

Don’t like comparing myself but I like Nickell Robey for the Buffalo Bills; identical height and weight. Short, fast, quick, aggressive, and heart.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?


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

Just being able to show people I can keep up with higher level of competition (NCAA).

What is your biggest strength?

Bump and run

What is your biggest weakness?


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

That you are getting a hardworking dedicated on and off the field; competitive person that will not settle for less.

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

Deion Sanders/ Colts

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

My cousin Albert Keys (RIP), (sister Dymon Smith), Princess Pyne

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

A Dog (Pitbull)

Rapid Answers:

  • Who will win the Super Bowl? New York Giants
  • Whose better Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?
  • Better Running Back Adrian Peterson or Barry Sanders?
  • Better safety Eric Weddle or Ed Reed?
  • Better linebacker Ray Lewis or Luke Kuechly?

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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