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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Nick Freeman, DB, William Paterson University

 

Nick Freeman of William Paterson is a hybrid player. He can play the LB role as well as the S position

Nick Freeman of William Paterson is a hybrid player. He can play the LB role as well as the S position

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? 

Nick Freeman

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’11 200

What is your position? 

Safety/OLB

Where do you play college football?

William Paterson University

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

I went back to my high school and helped out with the freshman practice.

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

Calculus

Where are you from? Bayonne, NJ

Who is your role model, and why? 

Tyrann Mathieu I admire the way he’s overcome the adversity in his life to be in the position he’s in now.I also like the way he plays the game & his versatility.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Defensive end, guard, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, and safety.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My speed, versatility, and overall athleticism.

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

Play tendencies based on formations and downs, personnel, and individual strengths and weaknesses.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Joe Callahan, Wesley

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

Mark Barron because he plays that hybrid safety/linebacker role within the defense.

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

Missing a year of football and working my way back to the game. I just stayed focused on what needed to do to play again.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I listen to music and focus on my job within the scheme.

What is your biggest strength? 

Athleticism

What is your biggest weakness? 

Working through traffic in the trenches.

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

I would say that you’re going to get a hard nosed, hard working player, who’s willing to play any special team or position that is asked of me and who’ll work everyday to improve.

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

Michael Vick/Patriots

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

Sean Taylor, Dick Gregory and J Dilla

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

Pay off student loans.

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NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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