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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Dayan Smith, OL, Anderson University

Dayan Smith the offensive lineman from Anderson University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jonathan Joyce.

Player Profile:

  • Dayan Smith
  • Anderson University
  • OL
  • 6’1”
  • 315lbs.
  • Louisville, KY
  • Twitter: @GWOODLT_55

What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?

Money Forever – Lil Baby.

How would your teammates describe you as both a player and person?

My teammates would describe me as a caring teammate that would help them with anything and also very talented.

How do you and your teammates make practice and film study fun?

My teammates make practice and film study fun by competing to make me better.

When you are studying film, what is your main focus to gain a competitive advantage?

Study the down and distance and what different stunts the defense likes to do in certain situations.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I feel the most grateful for my family and the support system I have. Nothing would’ve been possible without them.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

I would have to say the ability to call my grandmother and tell her she doesn’t have to work anymore. That she can live financially carefree the rest of her life.

What do you value most from your Collegiate experience?

I value the fact that I will receive a degree, that is what I came to college to get in the first place and I couldn’t leave this institution without it.

Who is your personal hero?

My personal hero would have to be both my grandmother and my mother. I have them to thank for a lot of what I have.

Tell me something about yourself nobody would know.

Something no one would know is that even though it isn’t visible all the time I really do make an effort to make sure everyone around me is well and that everything is “looking up” with everyone.

How do you work on yourself?

I work on myself by just trying to assess every situation for what it truly is and learning from every situation whether it be good or bad.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Jeff Bezos because it would be valuable to learn from one of the wealthiest men on earth. It would be valuable to sit with him and talk about correct moves to make with money to further build for my family.

If you could have any superpower, what power would it be and why?

The power to create anything from nothing because I could literally do anything in the world with my own two hands.

What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A perfect day would constitute me having the means to just relax. Whether it be financially or whatever. To just be able to relax and until I get to that point I will go even harder every day than the day prior.

Who inspired you as a young athlete?

Opportunity inspired me as a young athlete to see what the platform can do for someone in order to make a difference was important to me. Not just a difference in the situation for my family but the community around me.

What are the positive attributes that you bring to a professional football team?

The positives I bring to an organization would be my athleticism, strength, and hustle. I am also a team player that likes to see everyone on the team succeed not just myself. Also, a person that cares about other people and that would be a driving force to go even harder for my teammates.

Tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge.

When I had challenges in college academically I had to overcome those in order to further chase my dream of being a degreed man and an athlete.

What one skill would you like to improve on? What’s your plan for doing so?

Not letting bad days/ bad situations have a lasting effect on me. Getting better at that mentally and emotionally will help me in life.

If you could line-up against any NFL D-Lineman, past or present, who would it be and why?

Fletcher Cox because he is my favorite NFL player and because he is one of the best in the game. I feel like coming from a smaller school you have to show you can compete and having that opportunity to compete and show that I can would further my opportunities.

What is the best part of your hometown; Louisville, KY?

The opportunity that is there, the growth that can take place and the fact that there is so much to do that someone doesn’t always have to do the same thing. It’s also one of the best cities in the US and that’s fact.

In 15 words or less, give me your pitch to an NFL GM on why you should be a part of their organization.

Tenacity, will to work, I can be one of the best in this game, I just need a chance.

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