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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: CJ Odegbo, DE, Indiana University of PA

CJ Odegbo is a big kid with a great first step. His length can disturb teams

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? 

CJ Odegbo

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’5 265lbs

What is your position?


Where do you play college football? 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

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

Reading Books to the youth at a local elementary school 

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

Probability and Statistics 

Where are you from? 

Detroit, Michigan 

Who is your role model, and why? 

My Big brother because he showed me the correct way to get things done and has always led by example

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball, Badminton, Ping Pong

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Defensive Tackle

At your position, what separates you from others? 

Pure Aggression

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

If I’m watching myself then I look for what I could’ve done better and if I’m watching my opponents then I look for tendencies that may giveaway what the play is before the ball is snapped.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Charles Baldwin

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

I’d have to say Suh because I play with a big chip on my shoulder.

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

Biggest obstacle would probably be dealing with my parents living in another country and still going about my everyday business even though times were hard. I learned to compartmentalize at an early age.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I crack all my knuckles before the first play

What is your biggest strength? 

Biggest strength would be my belief in my ability, I’m a strong believer in If you think you can then you can.

What is your biggest weakness? 

Biggest weakness would be the fact I’m a workaholic 

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

I love the process and I didn’t come this far to just come this far.

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

Favorite player is Ray Lewis we got the same birthday, favorite team is the Patriots 

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

I’d eat with my grandfathers on both sides of my family  who passed away before I met them and my big brother.

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

A poster that’ll read ” I knew I could”

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 [email protected]

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