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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Delroy Baker Jr., OL, Indiana University

Delroy Baker Jr. of Indiana University is a monster mauler for the Hoosiers

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: Delroy Baker Jr.

• Height: 6’6

• Weight: 315

• Position: OL (LT,RG,RT)

• College: Indiana University 

• Twitter: bigbake_71

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

•  Ocala, Florida, and what I loved most about it was the people and the friends I made living there.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

•  Strength and Conditioning; coming from a high tempo spread offense this was key to survival. Practice; getting reps at crucial plays the team is getting ready to use in the gameplan, Film; Even with great film study at the OL position you have to put the other two first to succeed.

What do you worry about, and why?

•  Nothing really, if you mean what do I think about alot as of right now its balling at the next level.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•  I got a D in Neuroscience my first semester taking it during the football season and found out I needed a C for it to count for graduation so I retook the course the season after and after a rocky start I worked hard enough to earn a C+ And graduate on time.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  My Positivity

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

•  Nick Bosa

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?

        •.       A type of Psychologist for kids and or Athletes  

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

•  Desk

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

•  One family member, family means way too much to me and as such there are certain bonds that cannot be sacrificed

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

•  Spiderman, because then I’d be able to save everybody in the last question

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•  As a child I was diagnosed with petit mal seizures and the issue wasn’t resolved until 6 years later during middle school, that said I was told I wouldn’t be allowed to play high contact sports such as football… here I am 10 years later playing football  and looking to continue.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  Asked a chick out in the 8th grade  and I was promptly declined.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  The first play of my collegiate career, I just remember thinking “wow I’m really here doing this right now”

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Don’t Stop Believin – Journey 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

•  A positive outlook on whatever situation you’re in good or bad, chosen or at random always remember “I wasn’t made for this, this was made for me”

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• My grandmother who passed this year, I didn’t get a moment with her before she was unresponsive.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

•  “In Da” after that 50cent song In Da Club, so whenever people referred to it they would say “In Da” Club

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

•  Tom Brady, I believe he is a GOAT in his own right but I also feel like the system he is in is really beneficial.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  Liked because it gives you the gateway to influence more people. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

•  Collin Kaepernick, for someone who is just as good and obviously better than many of the backups in the NFL to have his career destroyed because he stood for something he believed in and the public didn’t feel it was important enough to be addressed.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  Love to win, I think love is the stronger emotion

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My mom she has always pushed me to trust God and believe in myself.

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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