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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Donnell Bonds, DT, Fairmont State University

Donnell Bonds from Fairmont State is a big boy. Check out his recent interview with owner Damond Talbot

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 reader’s pleasure.  We hope you enjoy this interview, with another potential NFL draft prospect

  • Name: Donnell Bonds
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 290
  • Position: Defense Tackle 
  • College: Concord university/ graduate transfer Fairmont State University 
  • Twitter: @BondsPaco
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
  • I live in a very small town in Welch, WV. The thing I love about my hometown is my family I get to go home and enjoy when I do and also the younger kids that look up and admire me!
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  •  Strength and conditioning because You must be in great shape to play this game this helps you keep going when everyone else can’t or it gives you that extra energy and push in the fourth when your opponents are tired. Film study is second because you must know what’s coming your way by studying film it will make thing slower in the game because you know what’s about to come at you. Last is practice because practice helps make perfect practice teach you techniques and how to take on blocks that are coming your way so you can be ready for everything you see on film. 
What do you worry about, and why?
  •  I worry about missing out on opportunities! There’s always guys that have the same dream I have and is out there working as hard as I am. That’s why I try to take advantage of every and any opportunity I get! 
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
  • Going into my junior year of college football I was supposed to start but we got another coach and I didn’t start so I just keep going harder and doing extra after practice and workouts to get better than in the middle of the season I started and finished out starting! 
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
  •  I have a great work ethic and I am not selfish they like how I’d do anything to help the team be the best and win 
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
  • Jeremy Johnson QB -University of Charleston 
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 
  •  I would love to be coaching or having my own sports facilities to help kids train and get better at the game they love. 
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
  • Room  
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
  •  I love to help anyone so it would be nice to save all but I’d have to say my family member because family means the world to me! 
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
  •  Martin Lawrence because he’s super funny in all of his movies and he always makes me laugh. He is also upbeat and always positive and that’s the life I like to live. 
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 
  •  In elementary when I tried out for basketball and my coach told me I didn’t have the grades to play and ever since then I’ve always maintained good grades and I think that has helped me throughout life.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
  •  In middle school basketball, we got the tip-off and I grabbed the ball then ran and shot it in the wrong Basket.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
  •  Getting a fumble recovery against the school I transferred from! 
What song best describes your work ethic?
  •  Future -Last Breath
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 
  •  My mentality is very Strong 
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
  •  My Granny because she was a very strong lady and anytime I needed anything I could always depend on her she has been the reason I have succeeded as far as I have today! 

His name is Donnell Bonds, they call him Paco. He is a monster on the defensive side of the ball.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 
  • Club Boogie 
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 
  •  None of them are overrated 
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
  •  Respected because anyone can be liked but that doesn’t mean they will respect you 
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
  •  Ray Rice because he was a great NFL Player and could have gone down as one of the best in the world but let an off-field issue affect his career. 
Do you love to win, or hate to lose? 
  •  I love to win and hate to lose 
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why? 
  • My granny because she has always pushed me no matter what if I complained about something to her she would tell me there’s nothing wrong! She was a very strong lady that’s why I stay strong because I saw her do it!  

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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