NFL Draft Diamonds has interviewed some of the best small schoolers to make it to the NFL. Last year our team interviewed over 750 players from NAIA to the FBS. This year we went to NFL teams scouts for every question on this interview. Ten NFL scouts who are avid readers of Draft Diamonds put this interview together for our readers pleasure. We hope you enjoy this interview, with another potential NFL draft prospect.
- Name: Keenan Curran
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 200
- Position: WR
- College: University of Montana
- Twitter: @KeenanCurran6
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
- Federal Way, Washington is a small city between Tacoma and Seattle. I’d say what I love most about it is how everybody from the city is like family. When one person accomplishes something, the whole city is behind them supporting them. It’s all love from The Fed.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
- Film Study, Practice than Strength and Conditioning although all three are vitally important to being successful. Film study I believe helps with knowing your opponent and being able to see where you can attack and make a game plan, then you need to go out and practice the game plan that you’ve created through studying film. Strength and Conditioning is also important, but I believe that some people put all of their focus on being strong, and then they lose sight of being able to comprehend the tactical part of the game.
What do you worry about, and why?
- I worry about what type of father and husband I will be, because I never had the example in-home while I was growing up.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
- Failing to convert on a game winning catch against Cal Poly my sophomore year. I think it brought a different side of me out because I was benched the following game, instead of beating myself up about it and finding reasons to complain, I prepared every game as if I was going to have to catch a game winning catch. I got my spot back the next game and went on to lead my team in touchdowns that season.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
- My ability to Lead
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
- I’d say it is a tie between Taron Johnson (Weber State ’17, Now Buffalo Bills) and Byron Murphy Jr. (Univ. of Washington)
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
- I would be a Coach, preferably in College but I think I’m wired to teach others.
Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?
- Room. My car is like a second closet cause I’m always on the go.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
- Me being the big Family guy, I would always lean to saving my family member first because my family is everything to me. My family member would probably be upset with me because I didn’t save the three strangers though.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
- Kill-Monger from Black Panther. I think he embodies the Go-getter attitude that I try to have, although he was a bit radical, you have to respect his climb to the throne from the hood.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
- Growing up without a father figure in my home. I think most of the credit goes to my mother for raising me right, but I always tried to take bits and pieces of guidance and advice from my friend’s fathers who I admired, or other male role models in my community.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
- The first time I decided to cut my own hair, I think I was 9 years old with a completely shaved head. I didn’t have line up clippers either, so my line was horrible.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
- Getting an interception against Northern Arizona in 2017. It was on a Hail Mary, and I was in on defense. I think it brought back memories of when I used to play Safety, so it was pretty cool.
What song best describes your work ethic?
- Don’t Take Days Off – Nipsey Hussle
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
- Mental Toughness, because I believe it is the most important trait in overcoming anything when adversity strikes.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
- My Grandfather, because I never got to meet him. My family always talks about how I display a lot of the same character traits as him, it would be life changing to get to speak with him one time.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
- The Samba Soiree (It’s catchy)
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
- I think if you’ve managed to make it into the National Football League, nobody has the right to call you “overrated”. Every player who makes the 53 should be respected as a worthy player. Players are going to lose a matchup or make a mistake now and then, but I don’t think that warrants them to be labeled as overrated.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
- Respected. It’s cool to be liked, but I think there is more merit to being respected, it means you have some quality/skill that is above average. Being nice to people should be a given.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
- Josh Gordon, because while I think he is at fault for most of his short comings, he was also sort of passed through by people who should have held him more accountable in his earliest years of development. I think he had a real disease with his addictions, and instead of receiving the help he needed in high school and college, the people around him did whatever they could so that he could continue to play Football. Instead of seeing him as a person, with real life issues, they valued his football ability more than him as a human being. With that being said, I do not think that his career is over, he will be a force for the next few years with The Browns.