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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Orlando McKinley, DB, Florida A&M University

Orlando McKinley the defensive back from Florida A&M University recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jonathan Joyce.

Player Profile:

  • Orlando McKinley
  • Florida A&M University
  • DB
  • 5’10”
  • 175lbs.
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Twitter: @10K_TheGoat

2018 Statistics:

  • GP: 11
  • Total Tackles: 31
  • TFL: 2.0
  • INTs: 2

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

I can’t choose a favorite but my top 2 are: Never Scared – Bone Crusher, and Hannah Montana – Migos.

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

A workhorse type of person with a great personality and is dependable.

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

When I watch film I study tendencies and how my opponent runs their route. When it comes to the return game I always see how far and how consistent their kickers are and who gets down the field first.

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

The toughest player(s) I’ve had to compete against are Brandon Norwood, and Chad Hunter.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

My family!

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

The ability to be 6’1.

What do you value most from your Collegiate experience?

All of the brothers I’ve made over the past 4 years, definitely men that I’ll always keep in contact with.

Who is your personal hero?

My father, Orlando McKinley Sr.

Tell me something about yourself nobody would know.

I’m afraid of thunder.

How do you work on yourself?

Find my weakness and build on it.

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

Barack Obama, he’s broken every barrier brought against him.

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

Definitely superhuman speed, other than for sports I can use my speed if I don’t have gas for my car.

What would constitute a perfect day for you?

Receiving that phone call on Draft Day! Point blank period.

Who inspired you as a young athlete?

It’s a toss up between Prime Time and Reggie Bush.

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

Football IQ, speed, quickness, and the ability to play multiple positions.

Tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge.

Coming out of highschool I didn’t have any football offers, all I had were track scholarships and I knew that I wanted to play college football so I went the JUCO route to get to Famu

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

Playing off-man, getting as many reps with the top receivers that I know.

What NFL WR, past or present, would you most want to line-up against?

Ocho Cinco! He claims corners were scared of his feet so I want to see who got the best footwork between us.

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

DeAngelo Hall! I always loved his footwork and how fluid he was.

What is the best part of your hometown; Atlanta, GA?

The best part about Atlanta is the culture, its like Black Hollywood and you never know who you will see.

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

I’m small but I’m a DOG! You can’t teach speed nor heart.

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