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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cedric Battle, RB, Central Arkansas

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: Cedric Battle
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight:185
  • Position:RB/KR
  • College:Central Arkansas
  • Twitter: ChillOut_L1lCed
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
  •  My hometown is Wichita Falls, Tx. The thing i love the most about it is my beautiful daughters, AnaLeah, and CaMiah.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  •  1. Film Study 2. Practice 3. Strength and Conditioning 
What do you worry about, and why?
  • I’m not really a guy who worry about a lot
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
  •  I have failed many times before, i just learn from it every time, I know that when you fail a lot of people expect you to continue to fail but the most successful people in the world today have all failed before, Fail mean first attempt in learning so I always will respond differently when it happens.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
  •  How explosive I am, speed, and the vision I have on the field. 
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
  •  The best player I played against has to be Tyrell Chevis, my freshmen year of college in JUCO.
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 
  • If I couldn’t play football I believe I would be coaching it, I love the game too much to not be around it.
Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?
  • My room definitely 
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
  •  I’m a family first type of guy, I think it would hurt more to see me lose my own blood than a stranger.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
  •  It would have to be a football movie
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 
  •  The biggest obstacle I had to overcome in my life, was making it out of where I’m from. Not getting caught up with a lot of the stuff that was going on around me, I come from a place where a lot of people I knew ended up in prison including family, and I couldn’t be another link to that chain.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
  •  Fumbling a football
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
  • My most memorable play has to be a play from last year playoff game against New Hampshire, I caught a wheel route out the backfield over two guys, stopped on the dime and scored from about 70 yards out.
What song best describes your work ethic?
  •  Meek Mill- Won’t Stop
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 
  • I believe I can succeed at the next level with my running ability, catching out of the backfield, and also believe I can be a special returner at the next level for sure.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
  • I would bring my grandfather back so he can see how much success I have accomplished, and to meet my daughters he always told me that I could be whatever I want to be in this world I just have to put my mind to it, and do it. He taught me so much growing up and everything he taught me was real and I just wish he was here so I can show him that I listened to everything he said.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 
  •  The Boom Boom Room
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 
  •  I’m not sure about this one
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
  •  I rather be respected it’s much more deeper than being liked.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
  • Johnny Manziel, That dude could play at A&M and I wanted to see how good he could do in the League, but everything happens for a reason.

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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