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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tahj Dennis, FB, Valdosta State University

Valdosta State fullback Tahj Dennis is a big blocker with power

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? 

Tahj Dennis

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’11 245lbs

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

Valdosta State University 

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

One of the coolest things I’ve done was participate in my cousin’s Marcus Easley youth football camp during the summer. It was a chance for me to give back to my community & interact with the kids

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


Where are you from? 

Jacksonville, Fl

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mother is my role model because I’ve seen her fight through a kidney disease, battle cancer and made it through dialysis. She just received her kidney transplant 2 months ago, so to see how far she came and her willingness to fight and never quit is why she’s my role model.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Baseball and Basketball 

Did you play any other positions in football? 


At your position, what separates you from others? 

My heart separates me from everyone, I refuse to be outplayed or out-willed. The passion and intensity I play with is second to none.

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

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for? I look for the little things such as effort and technique, I also look for tendencies  and how players react in certain situations

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

It’s a tie between Kenny Murphy & Sharmaine Washington, they were both teammates at VSU. Everyday I battled at practice against to All-American Linebackers, they competition between us was at an all-time high.

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

Mike Tolbert, FB, Carolina Panthers. Our playing styles are similar as far as being able to block, run the ball and catch out the backfield.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Before every game I pray to God and thank him for allowing me to be able to continue playing the game I love.

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is my knowledge of the game.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness is maintaining proper technique when I’m tired. 

Tahj Dennis

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

I would tell the GM you wouldn’t find anybody more passionate or appreciative of this opportunity than myself. Having relatives in the NFL, I was able to be around professional athletes all the time so I learned how to carry myself as a pro.

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

Fred Taylor/Jacksonville Jaguars 

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

If I could have dinner with three people it would be Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Minister Louis Farrakhan.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy? 

I would buy my mom a house

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NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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