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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Nehemiah Coward, DB, Central State

Nehemiah Coward is a playmaker from Central Florida

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? 

My name is Nehemiah Coward III aka Nukie 

What is your Height/Weight? 

I am 5’11 and weight 170

What is your position?

My position is defensive back

Where do you play college football? 

I play football for Central State 

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

The coolest thing I did off the field was  coach youth pop warner and give back by advising the kids to stay in school and work hard..

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

The hardest class for me was and always will be English 

Where are you from? 

Clermont, Florida

Who is your role model, and why? 

My role model is God, my big brother Curtis Dewberry who I always wanted to be like and Corey Felton Jr. He inspires me to stay true to who I am.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Besides playing football I did ran track in high school  and I was very successful at it.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played running back, slot, wide receiver and kick return throughout my college career 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

The thing that separates me from others players is my versatility. I can play all positions in the secondary. I always put God first. I give him all the praise and glory because without him I wouldn’t get the job done. I will always find something that I can work on or do better and also will call my parents after the game and both of them will give me the most honest opinion. What I can fix and what I excelled in. I believe my versatility separates me from others.

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

When I watch film and break it down I look at multiple things.  I like to watch who is there best player on the team and  how can I stop him . What they like to do first, second, third, and forth down. How they line up and how many times they are in that formation. I look at what they do to different formation like 3-4 or 4-3 or a 3-3-5. Do they like to take ball to the side line they are at or away from it  them and many more things that will give me a advantage against a opponent.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

I have not had a very tough time against anyone over the years. I would say Duke Williams though because he was former teammate I had to practice against when I was  at my first junior college at Mississippi Gulf Coast. I was very young and wasn’t fully develop as a DB. He was very talented and experienced guy.

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

I can’t really say because I have my own style  of play 

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

The biggest obstacle in my life was tearing my ACL and patella tendon when I was 10 years old . Doctors said I would not walk or run the same. They said I would not even play football anymore. I was able to overcome it by not listening, and having faith that God. God helped me get through the injury. My Mom was scared, but after sitting out a year and begging her to play she eventually let me play.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I like to prepare myself before the game by praying a lot. I pray to the Lord and give him thanks. I always call my mother and let her know where she can watch or listen to the game. If she is in attendance,  I give her the thumbs up to let her know everything is okay. I’ve been doing that since I started football at the age of 7.

What is your biggest strength? 

My strength is my speed. I am very fast and my explosion and IQ set me apart.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My weight/size

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

If you were a General Manager I would tell you  give me an opportunity to play for your Organization . Myself and family will represent you the in a very professional manner. My weight or size shouldn’t matter because I can play. I am a amazing player that can make plays and can play anywhere on the field.  I would give you my heart soul. Just give me an opportunity to show you that I can help this team win. I promise I won’t let you down.

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

My favorite player was Mr. Deion Primetime Sanders. I do not have a favorite team

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

That is hard , but I would eat with God, my Mother and my Father .

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

The first thing I would buy is a vehicle.  That way I can get to practice on time and do not have to rely on others.

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