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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: MJ Mathis , DB, Emporia State

MJ Mathis is a playmaker for Emporia State. This kid is physical

MJ Mathis is a playmaker for Emporia State. This kid is physical

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?

MJ Mathis

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2, 215

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Emporia State

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

Work football camps during the summer.

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

Intro to Anatomy & Physiology class and lab.

Where are you from?

Crosby, Tx

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents. They always made sure me and my little brother wasn’t in trouble and stayed into sports to keep us out of trouble.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball, Football and Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?

WR in high school for 3 games than move to CB.

At your position, what separates you from others?

You won’t find to many 6’2 215 corners in college football and now days NFL teams are looking for big cornerbacks to compete against big WR. So my size along separates me from others!

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

What the WR like to do against press and off man. How he times his jump for the ball. How fast his first few steps off the ball are. Little things to help me out.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

WR from Pitt State #8

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

Idk many people say that I remind them of a mix of Sherman, Norman and Peterson. Norman because he gets in your face in try to beat you up. Sherman because he knows how to use his size to beat a WR. Peterson because he quick and fast in knows how to use it to stay on top of a WR.

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

Just coming out of JUCO and supposed to go D1 and having to change plans in go D2. It’s been fun.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I watch highlights on YouTube on guys like Norman, and I like watching Armani Watts and Justin Evans from Texas A&M highlights.

mjmaWhat is your biggest strength?

My size and using it to my advantage.

What is your biggest weakness?

Sometimes not moving on to the next play.

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

Just be myself. Most guys don’t act themselves and over do it.

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

Oldest brother was a Deion Sanders fan so I heard his name a lot. But this day of age Norman and Sherman are my top two.

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

My aunt and two uncles.

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

Nothing really I’ll see if my mom wants anything than get with her in my sister in see about starting charity in my home town for kids to get a better education and go off to college.

Rapid Answers

  • Who is Better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?
  • Who will win the Super Bowl this year? No idea it’s still to early.
  • Who is Better : Barry Sanders or Emmitt Smith?
  • Who will win MVP in NFL? Zeke probably.
  • Who is Better: Deion Sanders or Richard Sherman? Can’t compare them together because they play different Deion played man a lot to me and Sherman is in a great zone defense.

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