NFL Draft Diamonds website 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?
De Sean Anderson
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Eastern New Mexico University
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
A friend of mine was working with kids to get them a good workout on the football field, so I helped him out with that.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
American History is the hardest thing for me because I find it hard to focus and remember the dates and names.
Where are you from?
I am from Orange County California.
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is Tyrann Mathieu because he had something that set him back but it did not keep him from attainng his dream.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I ran track all the way through high school and I played basketball until my junior year of high school.
Did you play any other positions in football?
When I played pop warner I played runningback, reciever, and safety. That’s when I got my first pick 6 and I put my focus more on defense.
At your position, what separates you from others?
What separates me from others in my position is my footwork and work ethic. If I can’t do something at the time I will work on it until I can do it. I will not let anyone set my limitations.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
When I breakdown film I first look at how the receiver gets off the line and how he sets up his routes. Then I go back and look at how my footwork and hips look. If I have to adjust the way I play then I will do so.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Jeff Thomas from Tarleton State is easily the toughest. His release off the line was aggressive and he can move. He is a great receiver.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
I would compare myself to Brent Grimes based on the simple fact that I am not as big as the average corner in the league so I make up for it in speed and my footwork. I don’t let my size hinder me from doing what I am supposed to when I hit the field.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle was having to continue playing football because my last 2 years of pop warner I didn’t play because the coach had his son on the team. When I got to high school I was told I wasn’t big or good enough. When I got here to Eastern I got held back a lot. I really thought about just quitting the team, but I just could not let those people get the best of me. I just keep pushing myself and when I make it to the next level, I’ll let that speak for me.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
My pre-game rituals are to warm up and pray for a clear mind and no injuries.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is forgetting the last play.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is probably being too hard on myself. I am my biggest critic, so if something does’t look or feel right then I get frustrated.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
If I had to sell myself to a GM I would say “put me on the field.” I could say whatever to sell myself but action is the only way I could really sell myself.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
My favorite team growing up was the San Diego Chargers. My favorite player was LaDanian Tomlinson. When I played runningback I use to watch him play and attempt to mimic his moves.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
If I could have dinner with 3 people it would have to be Malcolm X because he has a powerful mindset, Floyd Mayweather because of his work ethic, and Kendrick Lamar because of his creativity.
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
Once I am in the NFL my first big item I would be would be a decent house for my parents because they struggled for me and my 5 other siblings to have stuff and it would only be right show my appreciation for them.