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?
What is your Height/Weight?
I am 6’1 300 Pounds
What is your position?
Defensive Tackle/ Nose
Where do you play college football?
American International College (AIC)
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
I was a part of the Student Scholars Organization and helped peer tutor kids from the Community that attended Putnam High School in Springfield, Mass. While tutoring the young student athletes, it was important that they understood education is the key and is something that can never be taken away from you.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My Mother is my role model. She taught me at a young age that hard work-ethic in everything I want to accomplish can lead to success.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played Soccer and Track.
Did you play any other positions in football?
Yes, I played Running Back, Full back, Offensive Guard, and Tight End.
At your position, what separates you from others?
Constantly dominating the man lined up across from me, to provide possible play-making opportunities with my teammates. Also, my will to never quit on a play, as well my motivation as a 300 pounder to chase down plays.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I look for what plays are more frequently called in every situation from 1st to 4th down. I study the QB cadence, then I key in on my opponent lined up across from me. Studying his strengths and weaknesses from pulling run and pass block to body posture in certain situations.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
I would say Armani Reeves
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Every player is different; however, some have similar attributes. Although I am an interior defensive lineman, I think have similarities with Reggie Whites game because of the way he uses his hands and chases down ball carries.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
There is so many to count but, I will make this short for my readers. My mentor Jay Alicudo, who was one of my biggest supporters while in high school, always opened the gyms early for me and my teammates to get some extra workouts in. He always told us, “As high school kids from a small city you can do whatever you put our minds to!” He was a huge part of my high school career. Unfortunately, he did not live long
enough to see his extra efforts toward me come to fruition at the collegiate level due to cancer. I Thank him every day R.I.P Jay Alicudo. R.I.P Salim Fort
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I have a mini-bible I carry with me to all my games, home or away. I pray to God and thank him for blessing me with the ability to do what I love.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my competiveness, I always want to out-work my competition. I push myself mentally and physically to dominate any offensive scheme that comes my way. There is always room for improvement and that is something I have instilled in my mind so that I can prevail.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is my fear of failure. While others may see this as a negative, I keep this thought in the back of my mind and use it drive me towards my desired goals and
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
All my life I worked to be in the position I am to sit in front of you. Being a part of this organization will be a massive blessing in my life. This is the leadership I always wanted
to be under. It is my calling and divine duty to help this organization become the most successful organization in the NFL, this is where I would love to be.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
Tom Brady/ New England Patriots
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Tom Brady, Barack Obama and Lawrence Taylor
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
A nice house, so my daughter can be well sheltered while I am working.