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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jamal Forney, DB, Averett University


Jamal Forney is an animal for Averett University

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? 

Jamal Forney

What is your Height/Weight? 


What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

Averett University

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

I helped with Special Olympic and volunteer at God store house.

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

Principles of Finance

Where are you from? 

Lexington, NC

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mom is definitely my role model. She is the strongest person I know and even with multiple sclerosis she still finds a way to get things done even when she isn’t 100%. Through all the struggles she never let me or my sister down.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I ran track and played basketball

fortDid you play any other positions in football? 

My senior year at Averett I played LB

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My heart

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

Tendencies or little things that wide receivers do to give me a hint of what they want to do

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Malik Adams he was a great competitor

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

Troy Polamalu because he was a silent killer, he never said much and he was always around the ball.

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

I messed up my knee senior year of high school. It really brought me to a all time low, and if it wasn’t for my mom and friends I don’t think I would of overcame it

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I sit in my locker and watch highlights of my favorite player making plays

What is your biggest strength? 

Making others around me better

What is your biggest weakness? 

Caring more about other then I do myself

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

My talent got me notice, my heart is what got me sitting in front of you right now because my heart is what pushed me everyday to get better and never let my talent be matched by anyone.

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

Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers

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

My grandpa, Dwayne Wade, and Kendrick Lamar

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

A house for my mom

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