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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jared Joyner, RB, Campbell University


Jared Joyner the former WMU running back has been flying up draft boards

Jared Joyner the former WMU running back has been flying up draft boards

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?

Jared Joyner

What is your Height/Weight?

I am 6’0″, 205lbs

What is your position?

Running Back

Where do you play college football?

Campbell University

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

Went back home and helped Coach the Pop Warner team I started with and just worked and had fun with the kids.

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

Algebra was the hardest

Where are you from?

Margate, Florida

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad is my role model because he is the man I aspire to be like. He preaches honesty, respect, and integrity and that’s how he lives his life as a hardworking man and he is very selfless. He just has so many traits I aspire to have and practice throughout my life

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes, basketball, baseball and ran track.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes Wide Receiver, Kick Returner and Punt Returner. Played safety and line backer in pop Warner

At your position, what separates you from others?

I believe my speed, blocking, patience, durability, versatility as a pass catcher, ability to make people miss in tight spaces and ability to break tackles.

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

I look for what techniques defensive tackles play in certain looks, how defenses play certain offensive formations, tendencies of defensive players when going to make a tackle, Blitz keys, whether safeties roll over the top or what techniques D tackles play when a Blitz is coming. When I watch myself I look at my decisiveness or what I could’ve done differently on a run or picking up a blitzer or blocking on the perimeter. I also look for how defenders play me as a runner, blocker and receiver.

jaredWho was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I’ve ever faced since I started playing was in High School, his last name was St. Pierre I believe and he played D tackle. No other player single-handedly gave me as much trouble as he did.

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

Arian Foster or Matt Forte because of their ability to be so versatile and their ability to run in or outside the tackles and they’re very good zone scheme runners which I believe I am as well.

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

The biggest obstacle I’ve ever faced is finding a new home after a coaching change at Western Michigan University caused me to have to transfer with no film except my high-school film because I was a redshirt freshman. I overcame this obstacle by just continuing to believe in myself and my purpose and to keep my faith in God, knowing he was taking care of everything and knowing that I was going to play football again.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I just call my parents, pray and listen to music.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength would be my versatility as a pass catcher out of the backfield.

What is your biggest weakness?

I can over think which causes me to hesitate at times.

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

I would say that I am a special person and player and I will give everything I have to prove it and give the organization the best I can give and my all and be a player they would be proud of.

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

Michael Vick was my favorite player but now it’s Cam Newton and my favorite team is the Panthers because of that. Barry Sanders is my favorite Running Back ever.

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

Carmelo Anthony, Cam Newton and Barry Sanders.

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

Whatever item my parents wanted

Rapid Answers

  • Who is Better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?
  • Who will win the Super Bowl this year? It’s looking like the Patriots
  • Who is Better: Barry Sanders or Emmitt Smith?
  • Who will win MVP in NFL? Right now, Ezekiel Elliott is my pick.
  • Who is Better: Deion Sanders or Richard Sherman?


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