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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: AJ Hampton, WR, Emory & Henry

 

 

AJ Hampton is a big boy who can go up and catch the ball at the highest point

AJ Hampton is a big boy who can go up and catch the ball at the highest point

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? 

AJ Hampton

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’4 190

What is your position? 

Wide Receiver 

Where do you play college football? 

Emory & Henry

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

Volunteering at an elementary school reading to young kids and telling them about the importance of just being yourself and working hard.

Where are you from? 

Roanoke, VA

Who is your role model, and why? 

My Grandmother and her work ethic

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball and Track

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Quarterback and Safety in High School 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

Attention to detail and passion for my craft

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

When I watch an opposing team; my opponents tendencies(aggressiveness, patience, and ability to disguise coverage) and weaknesses  (footwork, eye focus, and ball skills). When I watch myself any bad habits that need to be broken and the small things, such as foot placement to get in and out of breaks.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Tre Jones, Defensive Back (my old teammate at Mount Union)

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

Stefon Diggs; chip on the shoulder, play making ability, and competitiveness

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

My older brother having autism was hard for me growing up, so I try to play for him and the others who aren’t as fortunate

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Prayer over the phone with my grandmother , music and A shower.

What is your biggest strength? 

Football IQ; being a real student of the game and understanding how to exploit my opponent’s weak points.

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AJ Hampton

What is your biggest weakness? 

Most of my production came on safeties in space, have to prove I can get off NFL DBs press coverage

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

You’ve never met a competitor like me, give me one opportunity and I’ll make the most of it.

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

Amari Cooper, Carolina Panthers

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

Jerry Rice, MLK, Tupac

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

My Mother a car

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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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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