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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Raymond Malone, DB, Kentucky State University

Raymond Malone is a big boy that can play multi positions in the secondary

Raymond Malone is a big boy that can play multiple positions in the secondary

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? 

Raymond Malone

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’3 187

What is your position? 

CB/FS

Where do you play college football? 

The Kentucky State University

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

Just this year Me and my mom put together a back to school drive were we gave less fortunate families school supplies and clothing who were in need throughout the metro Detroit area by simply making a Facebook status and gaining more attention that we thought. What was the hardest college class you ever had to take? Corporate Finance

Where are you from? 

Detroit, Michigan

Who is your role model, and why? 

He would never believe me saying this but my dad probably the hardest working man I’ve ever met. Would go to the moon and back just to make sure I was on time for anything that had a positive impact on my life. The reason I have a football in my hand the reason I went and played juco ball The reason I’m the person who I am today and I’m greatly appreciative to be able to say it.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Baseball Track and field Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football? 

WR/QB and believe it or not DE

At your position, what separates you from others?

This is a tough one because I have three.It’s between 1. My versatility, 2. My on the field IQ, and 3.game confidence. I’m able to play any position in the back row of any defensive scheme and breakdown an OC’s play call before the QB even snaps the ball. And like any other DB I get into the head of every receiver I’ve faced due to my confidence and relying on my technique and that week’s game plan to beat you. 

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

Receiver releases does he tend to go outside or inside, route combos, WR splits on certain routes, O line stances any telltale signs from the offense, favorite plays/formations etc. a lot really but these are probably the main.  

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Javon Bell WR at Fort Valley state. He was a bounce back from Texas Tech probably the fastest I ever guarded. The only TD I gave up my junior season was about a 50 yard post to him.

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

These are tougher than I thought but a Mix of Jalen Ramsey and Aqib Talib , and a season too late to say Charles Woodson. When it comes down to it I’m just a playmaker from causing turnovers to catching the game sealing interception.

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

Earning a scholarship to earn a degree and play the game I love. Out of high school the 1 offer I had was a preferred walk on to Michigan state and I didn’t let that stop me just used it as ammo to prove coaches that I can actually play some ball.  

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Flying to the field for pregame warm-ups

What is your biggest strength?

Physicality 

What is your biggest weakness?

Off man coverage 

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

You have 3 dollars for a sports drink well there’s the name brand for 3 bucks but there’s this brand that no one has ever heard but it was secretly created by the name brand company but brings the same benefits as any other brand and is a lot cheaper well me I’m that brand. And you still have money left to buy a sandwich 

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

Keyshawn Johnson and the Tampa Bay Bucs with arguably one of the best defenses ever

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

Nick Saban,Beyoncé and Radric Davis

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

Copyrights for some app ideas I’ve been working on

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