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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Brandon Walker, DB, Norfolk State University

 

Brandon Walker is 6’3 and will knock your socks off. He is a hard hitting defensive back who plays angry.

NFL 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? 

Brandon Walker 

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’3 /215

What is your position? 

SS/FS

Where do you play college football? 

Norfolk State University 

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

Football has taken me so many places, the coolest thing I’ve done was go to elementary schools in the city of Norfolk and just hang out with the kids there throughout the day and do activities , they put life into perspective for me, just to be able to genuinely interact and have fun with them was cool to me

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

I would say statistics and quantitative methods , I am a business management major and everyone knows that class is TOUGH 

Where are you from? 

I am from Richmond, Virginia I went to L.C Bird High School “The U”

Who is your role model, and why? 

I have a couple role models for all different aspects in my life but the biggest I d say would be my mother , she works harder than anyone I’ve ever seen, and she’s my biggest supporter from the start.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I did boxing from 7th to 9th grade and stopped to focus on football

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Yeah , I played everywhere , QB, LB, RB, TE, DE and my favorite was WR 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

I think what’s separates me is my overall instincts and preparation for the game. I’ve been studying and playing football for a long time and it’s so natural to me what I see and how I react on the field that I try to play 10 steps ahead and through out the week watch so much film my head falls off basically. At safety you have to be a QB of the defense and be able to do a little of but of every position and I feel like I can and very well. 

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

 I normally start watching the plays by down , and field position. I’ll then watch the the QB progression to his receivers and then study the receiver releases and route combos. Also the the big play threats and go to guys. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

That’s a hard one but in my college career I would to say , 28 from NCAT he plays his heart out every down

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

 I would say I’m mixed with the couple people , definitely Kam Chancellor though and his mind set , he’s always one step ahead of you and plays with a great motor also a great leader. His younger brother, my former teammate, is a beast too.

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

The biggest obstacle I had to face was being at Norfolk state and trying to lead a group of passionate guys the right way , learning how to take my losses and how to lead by example. I came from a place where I didn’t lose often and playing here humbled me because even if you have a great team things don’t always go your way and that’s what shows who you really are how you respond from that. I believe I responded well it made me better.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

 I go stretch and listen to Wale and Big Krit before the game and then I read over my route sheet a couple times before warming up after that it’s go time.

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength would be my mental and knowledge for the game, I feel that I play much faster when I know what could happen. Like a QB reading a defense. 

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness would probably be how impatient I can be in coverage sometimes or trusting my instincts the whole way. And I do want to improve my man coverage.

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

 I would say just give me a chance to show you I can not only play on this level but excel and work hard; you don’t have to worry about my focus on or off the field I am very determined to make my dream come true. I’m a football guy and I won’t take a day for granted. 

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

My favorite NFL player was Vick growing that’s why I wore 7 but my favorite team is the Eagles. 

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

My late Uncle, Sean Taylor, and Jerry Rice 

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

Want to put a smile on my mama and sisters face so they’ll definitely be getting something just don’t know yet. 

 

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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