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?
6′ 1″ / 329 lbs
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
University of Idaho
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
I volunteered for Special Olympics. It was a great experience.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Where are you from?
I was born in New Iberia, LA and grew up in Round Rock, TX (near Austin).
Who is your role model, and why?
My Dad because he taught me everything that I know.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Yes, I played baseball and my positions were pitcher, 3rd base and 1st base.
Did you play any other positions in football?
Yes, in high school, I played OL and Center.
At your position, what separates you from others? I am an elite run-stuffer.
I can take up the double teams and free the linebackers so that they can make plays.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I like to study my opponent and look for bad tendencies that they may have. I also look at their blocking style and if they are too heavy on their feet. I just try to observe anything that will get me ahead against the opponent that I face.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
The toughest player I ever faced was the Colorado State guard #56.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
My coach always told me that he would compare to me Vince Wilfork of the Houston Texans because of his great run-stopping ability.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
When I was in elementary school, I struggled academically. I had to work really hard to catch up. With God’s blessings and my parents assistance I was able to close the gaps. In high school I took AP classes and I completed my years at the University of Idaho with 2 degrees.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I always pray before the game and listen to my music.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my ability to stop the run and my power.
What is your biggest weakness?
In the scheme that we played in, I was always pulled out of the play on passing downs, so I was unable to showcase my pass rushing skills as much as I would have liked to.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would let the GM know that I have a good character. I have not had any off the field issues to deal with. I am hard working, selfless and a team player. I also possess a skill that a lot of NFL teams need…being extremely physical at the point of attack. I can command doubles and not get moved. Once engaged in double teams, I can shed the double and consistently make tackles. On passing downs, I can create push up the middle and put linemen in the lap of the quarterback, which we all know that quarterbacks hate getting pressure up the middle.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
My favorite player was Glenn Dorsey.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
My paternal and maternal grandmothers (who have passed away) and the third person would be President Obama.
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
I am not planning on making any big purchases initially. I want to make sure that I am financially stable before I decide to buy anything big.
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