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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Mike Needham, LB, Southern Utah

What is your name?

Mike Needham

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 220lbs

What is your position?

I play outside linebacker/safety.

Where do you play college football?

I play at Southern Utah University.

Where are you from?

I am originally from St. George, Utah.

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad, Grant, because of his work ethic and his desire to serve others.

Who was your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher was Camille Thomas who taught my Biomechanics class.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I also played basketball and ran track.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I ever faced has to be Jerry Louie-McGee, a slot receiver who currently plays for the Montana Griz.

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Most underrated player right now is Jarmaine Doubs, who plays corner back for us. He has made big time plays for us this year and deserves a chance at the next level.

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

A song I can always count on to pump me up before a game would be Lose Yourself – Eminem.

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

If I could compare myself to one NFL player it would be Daniel Sorenson from the Kansas City Chiefs. We both come from similar backgrounds and I feel like we have similar personalities. He’s a ball hawk, always likes to be around the ball and finds ways to make plays. He’s not the biggest guy but doesn’t seem intimidated by the NFL talent.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I always listen to reggae music before games.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My most memorable play was my freshman year when I got the game winning tackle against Montana at their stadium.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Indianapolis Colts.

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

Jesus, my grandpa, and Lebron James.

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