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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lawrence Keys, OL, UNC Pembroke

Lawrence Keys of UNC Pembroke is a big boy with a fierce attitude

Lawrence Keys of UNC Pembroke is a big boy with a fierce attitude

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?

Lawrence Keys

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 300lbs

What is your position?


Where do you play college footballs? 

UNC Pembroke

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

I’ve giving back to the homeless during the holidays and have read to kids at our local elementary schools

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

Economics online

Where are you from?

Raleigh NC

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother because of all the sacrifices she made for me growing up.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and Track

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My quickness

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

I look at his footwork and how hard does he come off the ball. I also look at the stances he do throughout the game that gives away where he’s going.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Caushaud Lyons

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

Eric Kush

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

My biggest obstacle that I had to overcome in life was after my red shirt year I had to stay at home for a semester due to not having enough credits to transfer to a public college. I overcame the situation by staying positive during that fall semester everyday and work my butt off training until the semester was over, maintain my grades at the junior college that I was at and to always trust in God.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I always say a prayer near the bench and thank god for all of the blessings that he has giving me throughout my college career

What is your biggest strength?

Football IQ

What is your biggest weakness?

I can’t think of one at this very moment

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

I’m a player that has a high football IQ which is perfect at offensive line and can play any position on the line if asked to. I’ll always get the job done no matter what it is.

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

I’ll be always been a Redskins fan.

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

Jay-Z, Ray Lewis and Beyoncé

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

I would invest in a company

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