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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Devontre Parnell, CB, Southern Miss

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 500 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? 

Devontre Parnell

What is your Height/Weight? 

5″11 195

What is your position? 

Cornerback/ KR

Where do you play college football? 

Louisville/Southern Miss 

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

Well, I’ve work an internship working with kids, I had opportunity to go around to elementary schools in Louisville, motivating, inspiriting, talking to kids about different things. 

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

Sports Law class

Where are you from? 

South Carolina 

Who is your role model, and why? 

I am my own role model, I look up to myself but if I had to say it would be Allen Iverson, moreover watching all the different obstacles he went through in life made him.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Basketball was my first love 

Did you play any other positions in football? 


At your position, what separates you from others? 

Well, I’m different Breed, extremely diverse and versatile athlete with big play ability. Therefore, I am physical in coverage, or run support, and is willing to play special teams such as punt & kick off return, etc. 

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

I look at football tendencies such as personnel, favorite plays, formation, route combinations. In Wide Receiver releases, favorite routes, is he physical or soft, and his speed. Also, look for small niches that can give me advantage.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

DeVante Parker, 

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

Well, I would compare myself to Janoris jenkins, he one of the best complete cornerbacks in the league right now, comparing my game to him is easy being said I feel we have some of the same traits, great feet & hands, physical at the point of attack, ball skills, and football IQ

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Listening to music before the game & walk to the engine to take moment to pray before the games starts 

What is your biggest strength? 

explosive, aggressive, fearless

What is your biggest weakness? 

I don’t have any weakness 

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

I’m a complete cornerback that’s possesses all the traits to become great player in the league, fast, & fast twitch, quick feet, long arms for jamming receiver all the athletic ability, of an freak of nature just awaiting for someone to discover the diamond in the rough.

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

Champ Bailey

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

Micheal Jordan, Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali

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



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

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