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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Calvin Brayboy, DE, University of St. Francis (IL)


Calvin Brayboy is a power rusher with good moves and technique

Calvin Brayboy is a speed rusher with good moves and technique

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?

Calvin Brayboy

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 230

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of St. Francis (IL)

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

The coolest thing that I have probably done off the field is thanksgiving dinner to the less fortunate over the years.

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

The hardest class for me was Biology.

Where are you from?

I am from Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Who is your role model, and why?

My Father is my role model because he cares for everyone, he puts everyone before himself and he teaches you how to be a man through his everyday living.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I played basketball, baseball, and a little bit of soccer.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I have played WR and TE.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I am probably one of the fastest at my position.

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

When breaking down film I look for tendencies from the offensive lineman. I look to see when they are in their stance if there is light pressure on their hand because that means that it is probably a pass.  I look to see if they have any shifted weight which can sometimes give away what type of block they are going to try.  I also look to see how they pass set so I figure out what pass rush move to use.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest person that I have ever faced was Justin Hunter, the right tackle from St. Xavier University (IL).

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

I compare myself the most to Leonard Floyd. I picked Leonard Floyd because we are not the biggest at our position but we will get to that ball.

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

My biggest obstacle that I had to overcome was in high school where I had two season ending injuries. I missed my freshman and junior year of high school football. Once I saw that injuries were a problem I started to take lifting and working out a lot more seriously and that has gotten to this point.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My pre game ritual is to listen to music and just relax by myself.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my speed.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is gaining weight.


Calvin Brayboy

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

If you choose me you are getting someone that will work nonstop in order to be a great player. There will be nothing to get in the way of me getting the job done.

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

My favorite NFL team was and still is the Tennessee Titans.

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

I would have dinner with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Randy Moss.

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

The first thing I would buy once I am in the NFL is a new car.

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