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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Patrick Prosser, LB, Virginia State University

Patrick Prosser is a hard-hitting linebacker from Virginia State recently took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jonathan Joyce. Check out his interview below!

Player Profile:

  • Patrick Prosser
  • Virginia State University
  • LB
  • 5’11”
  • 230lbs.
  • Newport News, VA
  • Twitter: @PatrickProsser3

2018 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2018 All-CIAA First Team.
  • GP: 9
  • Total Tackles: 41
  • TFL: 7.5
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What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?

NBA YOUNGBOY – BETTER MAN.

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

Very vocal, leading by example and putting the team before myself and as a person funny and always want to have a good time while working hard.

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

Everybody in the film room helps each other out especially within your position group, we just critique each other and make jokes out of plays you give up sometimes.

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

My main focus is reading the offensive line guards and tackles especially how their feet are placed which helps give the play away every time.

While at the Collegiate level, who has been the toughest player you have competed against?

Honestly don’t have one, but if I had to pick it would be my former teammate at Shepherd University Billy Brown.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Just being able to wake up each day knowing it’s another opportunity to get better because where I’m from its hard to make it out and I’m very fortunate to be in the position I’m in today with football and finishing my degree alone.

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

Speed, I move really good sideline to sideline, but I want to be the fastest linebacker to play the game and speed kills.

What do you value most from your Collegiate experience?

Just meeting some of my close friends who became my brothers knowing I can always call on them for anything on top of creating special bonds with my teammates from practice to the locker room. Chemistry is everything and helps you win games.

Who is your personal hero?

My Mother Ebony Prosser who had me at 14 years old. She could’ve gave up, but we overcame so much we basically both grew up together literally not having anything it was just us. She made sure I was always good even when it was hard to put food on the table she made a way for me and when I get the chance to put us in a better position for my family she won’t have to worry about a thing.

Tell me something about yourself nobody would know.

I love R&B music it tends to always put me in the right state of mind I would take that over any kind of music today.

How do you work on yourself?

I’m always real with myself If I make a mistake I own it and try to critique my problems as much as possible because my game determines how the game will go. If I want to be the best I have to stand out and work harder when no one’s watching.

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

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world it would be Lebron James because he Is an icon coming from a single parent home and overcame so much adversity at such a young age and persevered into the person he is today.

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

It would be dash from the Incredibles because he is super-fast and its hard to catch him from anything.

What would constitute a perfect day for you?

First off Thanking God each day I’m alive, working out, and eating good food, crafting my game is the perfect day.

Who inspired you as a young athlete?

I honestly don’t have one because my struggle Is what inspires me to keep working hard and beating the odds been doing that my whole life.

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

You’re getting a hard worker, who can run sideline to sideline and loves to make the big plays and big hits. Knows the game and watches a lot of film and ask a lot of questions because every question isn’t a dumb question you can always ask questions to get better. At the end of the day I’m considered to be undersized but that’s what makes the grind so much better being under the radar and beating the odds. I am a steal for anybody who picks me up.

Tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge.

Being counted out several times at my previous college, but used that to my advantage to prove people wrong and Virginia State gave me the chance to really showcase my game and I made first team All-Conference on top of leading my team in tackles. Getting everything I deserved and I wasn’t surprised cause I knew it was always in me.

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

Becoming more explosive and finishing plays. My plans are to continue to work hard in the weight room and film room and everything else will take care of itself

What current/former NFL player do you model you’re playing style after?

I would say Bobby Wagner, because he is very physical and vocal and moves great sideline to sideline and he makes everybody else around him play better. He makes his presence felt every Sunday.

What is the best part of your hometown; Newport News, VA?

My family and having so many people supporting me in what I’m trying to accomplish.

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

You’re getting a steal in a player who’s coming in ready to learn after the vets and will do anything to help the organization succeed. I watch an endless amount of film, a coachable player, and have a lot of knowledge to the game and wants to get better every day. When its all said and done I want to change the game when it comes to guys like me being “undersized.”

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