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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Keyon Lansdown, DB, Robert Morris University

Keyon Lansdown is pound for pound one of the toughest defensive backs in the entire 2019 NFL Draft class. He recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce for this prospect interview.

Player Profile:

  • Keyon Lansdown
  • Robert Morris University
  • DB
  • 5’11”
  • 190lbs.
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Twitter: @Lansdown_3

2018 Statistics:

  • GP: 11
  • Total Tackles: 75
  • TFL: 3.0
  • FF: 3
  • FR: 2
  • PBU: 3

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

My favorite song to listen to before a game is “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins because that song pumps me up and gets me ready for any game I am going to play.

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

My teammates would say that I am very hardworking and very consistent. I play every single game like it is my last one and I leave everything on the field.

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

My teammates and I joke around with a purpose. We are able to locate the plays where someone messed up, give them a hard time, and then learn from it.

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

My goal is to get a team out of their comfort zone. I notice areas where a ball is thrown and will emphasize on that area during gameplay.

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

The toughest player I competed against was Krishawn Hogan during my sophomore year. He was one of the bigger receivers and his team focused mainly on him getting the ball almost every play.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I am most grateful for having supportive people around me. They push me every single day to be the best athlete and person all around.

What team do you choose in Madden? Why?

I choose the Chicago Bears because I’m from Chicago and my dream is to play for the team in my hometown.

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

I would want the quality to always have a positive mindset. I try to always stay positive no matter what is thrown at me, but sometimes it can be very difficult.

What do you value most from your Collegiate experience?

I value the fact that I went to a small school and it taught me that nothing will be handed to me and I need to work as hard as possible to achieve all of my goals.

Who is your personal hero?

My hero is my friend’s mom because she has been there for me throughout the past 6 years and has helped to mold me into the person I am today.

Tell me something about yourself nobody would know.

Something no one knows about me is I’m a movie fanatic. Whenever I get the chance to see a new movie, I take it.

How do you work on yourself?

I work on myself by noticing my flaws and figuring out ways to better myself in those areas. I also am very self-motivating.

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

I would want to have dinner with Jay Z because he knows how to market himself. I feel like I would relate to him a lot and be comfortable.

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

If I could have a superpower I would choose to be immortal.

What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A perfect day for me would be breakfast in bed, relaxing and watching a movie, and then lacing up my cleats to be ready for my first NFL game.

Who inspired you as a young athlete?

My brothers were my biggest inspiration. I would always be at all of their games and that is what made me fall in love with football and the competitive atmosphere.

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

My mindset, style of play, and my competitive lifestyle are my best attributes.

Tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge.

My sophomore year in college I dropped 2 interceptions in one game and throughout the following week, I stayed after every practice and caught 100+ balls. The next game we played I caught the game-winning interception in double overtime. That victory also sealed us winning the conference. That taught me that mistakes never will feel good, but the work you put in to fix them will always be worth it.

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

I would like to improve my speed. I have been doing a lot of speed training and getting on the field at least 4 times a week this entire off-season.

If you could intercept any NFL QB, past or present, who would it be and why?

I would intercept Tom Brady because to me he is the greatest quarterback of all time and it would be a great accomplishment.

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

I feel like I play most like Jamal Adams because we are both very versatile and play with a lot of passion.

What is the best part of your hometown; Chicago, Illinois?

The best part of Chicago is being able to go downtown and explore the city. There is so much to do and never a dull moment.

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

If you’re looking for a versatile player with speed, strength, and confidence I’m your guy.

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