NFL Draft Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible 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 our next prospect!!!!
What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
Our team “signed” a young boy named Jack who has battled brain tumors and is still fighting to get healthy. Visiting him and hanging out with him at practice and games makes you realize how blessed you really are. He scored a touchdown in our spring game which was really awesome. He has a long road ahead still but he’s doing a lot better now.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Life Insurance Math II
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My Dad. He has taught me about sacrifice and has pushed me to pursue my dreams. I really want to make him and the rest of my family proud.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Baseball and Basketball
Did you play any other positions in football?
In high school I also played defensive end, and am on every special team except kickoff.
At your position, what separates you from others?
My versatility and athleticism sets me apart. I can be attached as a tight end one play and then split out the next. It’s been really effective at the college level because defenses can’t switch personnel. My athleticism translates into things like running routes, high pointing the ball and running after the catch to name a few.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I look for tendencies, as well as weak points that I can potentially expose in a one on one match up. I also like to watch the other teams’ tight ends and receivers to see what works and doesn’t work for them.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Deiondre Hall from the University of Northern Iowa
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Tyler Eifert, he’s a big athletic tight end that runs clean routes and loves to go up and catch the ball.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My dad was deployed overseas in 2003. He was stationed in Ballad, Iraq for a year flying Blackhawk helicopters. It put a lot of pressure on my Mom and it was hard a lot of the time. I feel very blessed that he made it home safely.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I like to clean my house/apartment the night before every game. I also make sure to listen to the same few songs every pre-game.
What is your biggest strength?
Versatility and Athleticism
What is your biggest weakness?
Limited exposure to top-level talent, also aim to improve my run-blocking
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I’ve been overlooked time and time again. Be the man to give me a chance and let me prove that I belong. I don’t aim to be the typical small school player that makes a camp or a practice squad and fizzles out. I want to be the guy that a team can count on to make plays and help contribute towards a super bowl.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
Julius Peppers on the Chicago Bears
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
My two brothers, Mikey and Tim, and my sister, Danielle
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
- Who is Better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?
- Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Probably the Patriots
- Who is Better: Barry Sanders or Emmitt Smith?
- Who will win MVP in NFL? Ezekiel Elliott
- Who is Better: Deion Sanders or Richard Sherman?