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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Devonta Dee Delaney, DB, The Citadel

Citadel defensive back Dee Delaney is a big boy who plays the CB position like a wide out. He has great hands

Citadel defensive back Dee Delaney is a big boy who plays the CB position like a wide out. He has great hands

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?

DeVonta Delaney (Dee)

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0″ 195

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

The Citadel

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

I had a cookout for a neighborhood football and brought some burgers, hot dogs, and Popsicle. I also had a back to school drive which I gave away book bags

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


Where are you from?

Beaufort, South Carolina

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother because she has done everything in her power to make sure my twin and I are okay no matter what

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball,Basketball and ran Track

Did you play any other positions in football?

Wide Receiver

At your position, what separates you from others?

Just being able to read the ball in the air and having great hand eye coordination

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

When I am looking at film I like to see if the receiver can give me any hints on how they run a certain route

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Jameis Winston

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

Richard Sherman because he use to also play wide receiver so he has good hands and he was also the underdog coming out of college

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

When I had to transfer over from wide receiver to defensive back. The way I overcame it was by looking at a lot of film on different defensive back and just seeing what they did.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Talk to myself

What is your biggest strength?

Being a guy that feels that every time the ball is in the air it is mine.

What is your biggest weakness?

Sometimes doubting myself

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

I am the guy you would want on your team because I am a team first type of guy, good football IQ, and just have a passion for making plays on the field.

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

Randy Moss hands down, Pittsburgh Steelers

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

Kobe Bryant, Randy Moss, Biggie Smalls

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

My mom and twin brother a nice size house

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