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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Robert Johnson, RB, Dakota State University


Robert Johnson of Dakota State can do it all. He can run and catch the ball very effectively

Robert Johnson of Dakota State can do it all. He can run and catch the ball very effectively

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? 

Robert Johnson Jr.

What is your Height/Weight?

5’11 205 

What is your position? 

Running Back

Where do you play college football? 

College of San Mateo/Dakota State University

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

Coaching at football camps in the summer. 

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

Computer Science 

Where are you from? 

East Palo Alto, California

Who is your role model, and why? 

Coach Leighton Lang. He always made sure I was on top of my schooling before anything. 


Did you play any other sports growing up? 


Basketball and Baseball 


Did you play any other positions in football? 


Slot Receiver


At your position, what separates you from others? 


My speed, vision, patience, and my big play ability.


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


For DB’s I look for their tackling technique. For Linebackers how consistent they are on their reads to fill the gap and for DL/LB’s I look if they come hard or not for pass protection. 


Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 


Michael Clay


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


I would say LeSean McCoy because of the cut ability and hands out of the backfield.


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


The biggest obstacle was dealing with my dad’s death. The way I dealt with it was just playing the game I know he would want love watching me play. Football was my escape. 


Do you have any pre-game rituals? 


Just listen to music while watching highlights and then mentally preparing myself to make plays.  


What is your biggest strength? 


My explosiveness and the passion I play with. 


What is your biggest weakness? 


My biggest weakness is my route running. 


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


I would say that I can play some football simple as that. I’ll give you my all every week until there is nothing left. 


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


Marshawn Lynch because he was a violent runner and Oakland Raiders


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


My Dad, Jim Brown and Marshawn Lynch


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


A House for my mom.


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