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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Xavier Coleman, CB, Portland State University

Xavier Coleman is one of the best small school cornerbacks in the FCS

Xavier Coleman is one of the best small school cornerbacks in the FCS

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?

Xavier Coleman

What is your Height/Weight?

5’11” / 195

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Portland State University

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

Fed the homeless at local homeless shelters

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


Where are you from?

Portland, OR

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents, because they instilled positive values into me that I will carry for the rest of my life.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Track, Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My man coverage along with my ability to attack the ball wherever it maybe

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

Tendencies. Whether that be if the WR uses a speed release or takes more time coming off the line. If he is a possession type receiver or a big play deep threat. Then also just route combinations on certain down and distances.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

DeAndre Carter

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

Josh Norman. I say this because he is someone who is always at the ball when it is thrown. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and likes to jump routes as they evolve. I see myself the same way.

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

I had open heart surgery going into my senior year of high school. I overcame it by having strong family and community support around me. Without this event, I would not be the football player I am today.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I do not really believe in rituals. I am ready on any given second.

What is your biggest strength?

Man Coverage

What is your biggest weakness?

Open field tackling

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

I am a player who takes coaching very well, comes out everyday to work, and will be a valuable asset to any team with my ability to play press coverage throughout the duration of a game.

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

Oakland Raiders

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

Mark Zuckerberg, Dan Bilzerian, Conor McGregor

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

A few custom made suits

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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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