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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Damian Jones, DB, Virginia Military Institute


VMI Damian Jones is a playmaker in the secondary

VMI Damian Jones is a playmaker in the secondary

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? 

Damian Jones

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0; 190

What is your position? 

Defensive Back

Where do you play college football? 

Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

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

Participating in a youth camp this summer in Portsmouth, VA. Enjoyed myself socializing and playing around with the kids.

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

Environmental Engineering Course

Where are you from? 

Richmond, VA

Who is your role model, and why? 

My parents, they both are a great example of hard working parents who are willing to put their child in great opportunities and teaching them the value of life.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball and Baseball

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Quarterback and Wide Receiver 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

Using my length on receivers, with great extinct, experience and athleticism

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

Top receivers, favorite moves off the line, are they typically a guy who wants to get off the line or try to use their physicality to body a DB, different splits on different routes, are they more of a pressure step guy. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Kenny Cook, Gardner-Webb

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

Josh Norman, because I have that competitive edge and meanness, but my tackling and ball hawk skills like Richard Sherman  

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

Always being told that I was to small, just continue grinding and praying to the man upstairs.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

After the team runs onto the field, I continue running to the end-zone to pray.

What is your biggest strength? 

Physical, extinct, tackling and off man coverage.

What is your biggest weakness? 

Not finishing breaking on the ball, not always taking the air out of the receiver and myself.

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

I’m a competitor, willing to give everything I have to earn a roster spot, will not be a problem either on the field or off the field.

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

Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles

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

My grandfather, Wale and Tony Dungy

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

Haven’t really focus on this part yet, just trying to make it to the league and contribute to an organization.


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