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: Vincent Grasso
- Height: 5’8’’
- Weight: 185
- Position: WR/RB/PR/KR
- College: Monmouth University
- Twitter: @vinnygrasso2
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
- Toms River, New Jersey – town right by the beach, 4 high schools in it. A lot to do in the area, happy I grew up there.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
- All of these are very important but to me, film study is what can separate most players. A lot of people love the weight room and love practice and playing the game but you also have to love watching film and studying your opponent, especially at the next level.
What do you worry about, and why?
- The thought of not being fully prepared or having the regret of not doing enough. That’s why I take so much pride in the game of football because playing well on Saturdays and Sundays is a lot more than just going out there and playing. Requires a lot of sacrifices.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
- Not receiving a Division 1 scholarship out of high school was tough but the decisions to walk on at Monmouth and eventually earning one was very rewarding.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
- Work ethic
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
- In the Big South there are a lot of good players and would be hard to pick just one, but I will give credit to Kennesaw St defense. Played great team D, flew to the ball and very disciplined in what they did.
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
- Coach football at a high level
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
- Room, I believe having a dirty room, a place where you have to sleep and wake up every day says something about you. Always have to keep it clean.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
- Family. That’s my blood
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
- Michael Corleone, a savvy businessman, looked out for his family and a great leader.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
- From pop warner, I was always looked at as undersized but always used as motivation to get where I am and continue where I’m going. Play fast and play big.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
70 yard Punt Return TD, against Presbyterian. Up 7 in a close game, made it a two-score game and gave us a lot of momentum to finish the game strong.
What song best describes your work ethic?
- T.I Big Things Poppin, classic song listened to that since Pop Warner
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
- Speed and Grit
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
- My best friend Francis who passed in a car accident when he was 19 years old.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
- Lava Java
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
- Kirk Cousins got the major payday and hasn’t lived up to expectations and the Vikings are underperforming with all the talent they have. Nonetheless would still love to catch passes from the man.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
- Respected, respect is earned.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
- Ray Rice, he made one mistake that we know of, paid his dues and he’s still not playing football. What he did was bad no doubt about it, but a lot of people have made mistakes and are still playing, he, unfortunately, is not.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
- Hate to lose
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
- My father, he set a tremendous standard for me and my brother in what a father should be for his kids and family.
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