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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: John Daka, DL, James Madison University

John Daka the pass rusher from James Madison recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jonathan Joyce

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • John Daka
  • James Madison University
  • DL
  • 6’3”
  • 222lbs.
  • Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Twitter: @DudeThatsJohn

2018 Accolades & Statistics:
  • 2018 CAA Football Third Team Defense.
  • GP: 13
  • Total Tackles: 47
  • TFL: 17.0
  • Sacks: 10.0
  • FF: 2
via @JMUFootball (Twitter)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

As an athlete my motivation is my loved ones, knowing I am making them proud and have a chance to help them in any way I can. That keeps me motivated and focused.

What defines success for you?

Success is defined to me as having self-fulfillment and being satisfied with your self and your effort towards your goals. It necessarily doesn’t have anything to do with wins and losses. 

What would your teammates say about the type of player and man you are?

I would say my teammates would say I’m somebody who they can talk to and somebody who they can look up to.

via @JMUFootball (Twitter)

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Trevor Knight (QB – UNH 2015-2018).

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Aaron Donald, no question.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

I like using the saints because they have elite talents at QB, RB, and WR.  Also, their defense is also pretty respectable.

I’ve read that you are majoring in Sociology. What made you pursue that subject?

I picked sociology because of my ability to understand and talk to people. All my life I’ve been a people person and wanted to pursue a degree in something I’m passionate about.

via @JMUFootball (Twitter)

Are you afraid of failure?

No, I’m not afraid of failing, I use it as a tool in order for me to learn from and build upon.

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I model my game after Von Miller, physique wise I think we are very similar, and the way he is able to change the game at any moment is something I look up to.

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

If I could have dinner with anybody it would be Malcolm X because I think the knowledge that he would give me would be priceless. Also listen to his stories would be pretty funny and interesting.

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest a roster spot on you?

NFL teams should invest in me because they’re getting somebody who is ready to sacrifice and invest in being the best player I can be.


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