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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: D’vonta Derricott, LB, Arkansas Tech

D'Vonta Derricott will light you up if you try to cross the middle of the field

D’Vonta Derricott will light you up if you try to cross the middle of the field

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? 

D’vonta Derricott

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’1 231

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

Arkansas Tech

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

Went with my church to pass out food. Its a blessing to give back.

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

Biology 2

Where are you from? 

Ashland, Virginia

Who is your role model, and why? 

Kobe Bryant because he works hard and he’s a winner. 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball and track

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Running back

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My instinct and speed. Also get off blocks well

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

Down and distance, what personal they are in, I also look at what plays they like to run in the boundary and filed .

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Nick Marshall

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

Jon Beason, He is fast and physical, He runs slide to slide 

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

Playing low was a big obstacle for me, the way I got overcame it was practicing staying low.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Read the bible and listen to music

What is your biggest strength?

My speed and how I use my hands 

What is your biggest weakness? 

Pad level

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

I would look you in the eye and tell you I’m a hard worker and I can’t live without football. I will do whatever it takes to win and be successful.

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

Ray Lewis, Green Bay Packers

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

Tom Brady, Ronald Reagan, my dad

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

A car.

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