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: Abraham Wallace
• Height: 6’0
• Weight: 205
• Position: Defensive Back
• College: West Alabama
• Twitter: ayebruhham2
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
• I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A city that is filled with lots of tradition. My favorite thing about Baton Rouge is the history and people who have come from the city I am blessed to call Home.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
• Film Study, Practice, Strength and Conditioning
What do you worry about, and why?
• I put things I can’t conteol in God’s hand and just work the things in which I can. This method allows me to not worry.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
• I tore my ACL twice in High school then in College. I originally was sad, but I begin to draw myself a plan and began to work the plan.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
• Leadership, picking them up when things may not be going necessarily well, and I’m a competitor.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
• Lamar Jackson
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
• I would chose three strangers because it’s the right thing to do. Three lives are better than one.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
• Simba. In the Lion King, Simba goes on a journey through life and becoming a king in his own right. I relate to him and the conflicts that he faced to getting his ultimate goal.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
• Tearing my ACL. It was big for me because all of my options prior to it where taken away and it led me down a journey that I didn’t necessarily envision myself going to. Going through being a walk on has made me mentally tough, persistent, and a better football player as well.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
• During a game at LSU, I made a pass break up and they put the camera in my face on T.V. and I was just smiling like I won the lottery or a kid in a candy store. I heard a lot about it afterwards.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
• My first interception. Because it was such a great feeling to see hard work beginning to pay off.
What song best describes your work ethic?
• Underdog- Lil Baby/Gunna
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
• Mentally. I think from my mindset I am able to focus on a certain task and work it till I become great at it. Whether that’s learning the ins and outs of a defense or mastering a certain technique a coach ask you to play.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
• Muhammad Ali. He was so mentally tough and had a vision of something that was bigger than him and he didn’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of him reaching that. I would want to know more about the process of him becoming who he was.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
• Good Vibes Only
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
• I believe everyone has to be talented in some area for them to make it to the NFL and succeed.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
• Respected. When you accomplish a certain goal with a team they’ll grow to like you afterwards. That’s not necessarily the case if you’re liked.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
• Michael Vick. Although he had a great career, I think he’d be recognized in a better light had he not gotten into trouble for the dog fighting.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
• Love to win
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
• Dad. We grew on this journey and got through some tough times and I can’t say I would have been able to do that without him.