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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Christopher Ferdinand, LB, Mars Hill University

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: Christopher Ferdinand
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 215
  • Position: OLB/SS
  • College: Mars Hill University
  • Twitter: @Chrisferdinand4
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
  •  Homestead, FL and what I love most about my town is that the people in the community supports you and wants to see you be great at what ever you’re pursuing.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  •  I would have to say that Film Study is first because the better you know your opponent the better off you are at making plays. Second would have to be practice, I have always been a firm believer of the term “you practice how you play”. So if you practice hard and work on being fundamentally sound in the game everything will come easy to you. Third is Strength and Conditioning and although I put it as third it doesn’t devalue the importance of it, being in great shape and taking care of your body is a big part of the game.
What do you worry about, and why?
  •  I tend to worry most about how my future is going to play out, mainly because I want to be successful.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
  • My freshman year in college I failed a midterm and I thought I would have to take the class over, but I just got on my grind and started studying harder and asked my teacher for extra help after class and visiting her at her office hours.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
  •  My teammates say my best quality is understanding the game and being a student of the game, also an aggressive, competitive player.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
  •  Craig Rucker the best WR in D2 football
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 
  •  Business Management
Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?
  •  I would have to say that I would clean my desk first that’s where I spend most of my time.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
  • This is a hard question and it may vary if I were in the actual situation, but i would have to say a family member because once they’re gone they are gone for good and family means everything to me.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
  •  I would be Static Shock because he saves people and is one of my favorite old cartoons.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 
  •  The biggest obstacle in my life was having back to back injuries in 2016 and 2017. But I overcame it by just believing the process working hard with Randy Scoates Trainer and owner of Idol Maker Miami, watching Tyrann Mathieu, and rehabbing hard with my schools athletic trainer Dr. Allen Shelley so I can come back better than before.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
  •  My most embarrassing moment has to be when I was in middle school and gum got stuck to my pants.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
  •  The most memorable play of my college career is in 2016 when I forced a Fumble on the goal line vs Tusculum college with the game on the line.
What song best describes your work ethic?
  •  Waka Flocka – Hard In The Paint
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 
  •  Physical !

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
  •  Sean Taylor, He changed the game of football and He is a Superior role model.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 
  •  Live House
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 
  •  I feel like no player in the NFL is overrated.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
  •  Respected, because respect is earned not given and people often respect you based off of your work ethic.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
  •  Colin Kaepernick because I don’t think he knew voicing his opinion would end his NFL career for now at least.

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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