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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Taiwan Johnson, DL, Arkansas

Taiwan Johnson is a beast for the Razorbacks. I love his pass rush abilities.

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? 

Taiwan Johnson

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’3 285

What is your position? 

DL

Where do you play college football? 

Arkansas

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

Growing up I’ve attended numerous food drives and charity events like march of dimes with my father and his fraternity

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

College algebra

Where are you from?

 Houston Texas 

Who is your role model, and why? 

My father Taiwan Johnson Sr. he’s my role model because he is a hard worker and always had great advice and cares about family.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

None structurally, just recreational basketball

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played safety and receiver before moving to Defensive End in high school

At your position, what separates you from others? 

The way I use my hands aggressively, also my ability to play inside undersized

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

In film I look for oline stance tendencies, I look at the the Cadence of the qb, also the plays teams run in certain downs and distances.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

 Reece Dismukes from Auburn

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

I feel like I’m a Trey Flowers type player , undersized but uses technique to battle in the trenches.

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

Graduating college, I studied extra and made sure I was putting myself in the best situations to succeed.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Pre-game I usually listen to my favorite artist Travis Scott to get my mind in the zone

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is my in game awareness and focus.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness is probably my size

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

 I would say that I’m a hard worker and take the details of my position seriously and I’m the same guy every day I show up.

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

My favorite player growing up was Tom Brady, and my favorite team was the Houston Texans

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

Three people I would want to have dinner with are Martin Luther King Jr. , Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela

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

 My first big item I’ll buy would probably be a used car.

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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