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?
6’4 / 280lbs
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
I got an opportunity to build a playground for a none profit organization in Nashville called The Next Door. It was at a women’s addiction treatment center. Their lowest level of care is a program called the FRC. The women get a chance to be reunited and live with their children as well as work. We built the playground with just volunteers and it is great.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Quantitative Methods was probably the hardest class I took just because I have never really been a math person.
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My dad is my role model. He is not only a great example of what a father, a man, a husband, a Christian, and a football player should be like. I have learned so much from him over the years and I would not have made it this far without his guidance.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played soccer up until middle school. That is when I made the switch to football.
Did you play any other positions in football?
At your position, what separates you from others?
I have played in both a 4-3 and 3-4 schemes under great defensive coaches. I am smart. I feel like I pick things up fast and I am very coachable.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I mainly look for tendencies. When the offense gets into certain downs or situations, what plays do they run? What are their top plays. How do they block those plays. More position specific, what are the weaknesses up front on the line? How do they block? Do they quick set, does one of them tend to lunge. Do their stances indicate run or pass? I try to pick up anything that can help give me an edge over the man across from me.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
It’s a toss up between Germain Ifedi or Todd Gurley.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
I’d say Aaron Donald. Like him, I’m not the biggest defensive lineman, but we both play hard every time we step on the field. It doesn’t mater who lines up on the other side of the ball.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Believing in myself was probably the biggest challenge I’ve had to face. I would stress over making mistakes. Football is an imperfect game played by imperfect people. It wasn’t until I let everything go that it changed, and my play on the field improved.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I say a prayer.
What is your biggest strength?
I am a hard worker.
What is your biggest weakness?
My pad level gets higher than I’d like some times.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I might not be the most talented of prospects when you ask all of these draft gurus, but I work hard and I love the game. I’ve got the tools to play at the next level. All I need is a chance to show you what I can do.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
My favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. My dad was blessed enough to be apart of two of their Superbowl victories in the 90s. I grew up watching them.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would like to have diner with my grandfathers from both of my parents side because they passed either before I was born or before I was old enough to really know them. The third person would Barack Obama. Meeting him would be such an honor.
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
I’d want to purchase a nice apartment. That is main thing that I’d be worried about. I have never really been materialistic so a lot of the clothes, cars, etc, could wait.