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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Damon Lloyd, LB, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Damon Lloyd the hard hitting and quick linebacker from IUP recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Damon Lloyd 
  • Height: 5’11 3/4 
  • Weight: 236 
  • Position: ILB
  • College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
  • Twitter: @dlloyd50

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

• I am originally from Edgewood, Maryland. I now reside in Abingdon, MD, a town about 25-30 minutes north of Baltimore. What  I enjoy the most is how close I am to my family and close friends so there is always someone I can hit up to go workout with. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

1.  Film study

– Understanding your opponent by recognizing both their strengths and weaknesses through film is the first step to gaining an advantage over them on Saturdays. 

2. Practice 

– following gaining insight on how my opponent moves through film study, I can now carry that onto the practice field where I can experiment different techniques and looks against our scout team to see how they will mirror up on gameday. 

3. Strength and Conditioning

– there is a time and place for S & C, being an exercise science major I know it is important to maintain my body throughout the long season and continually stay in shape. 

What do you worry about, and why?• I worry about winning and losing all day everyday, but my main worry is making sure I reach my full potential as a player on and off the field. I am constantly looking into how I can become better, faster, and smarter as a player. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

• My junior year of high school our team went 5-4, in my head being a failure of a season. The way I reacted was after that last game of that season I was in the gym immediately with my team, pushing them and myself to become the best playes we could be. We overcame that next season by going 12-0 and winning the MIAA state championship. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• hardworking, this does not just include working hard on the field pushing my team to be the best possible, but also working hard to lead by example on and off the playing field. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

• My own teammate, Samir Bullock. He is probably the most instinctive and pure speed running backs I had a privilege of playing against every day. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

• My major is Exercise Science, so a few career paths I am interested in are: Strength and conditioning coach, Cardiac Rehab and exercise physiologist. 

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

– Its got to be my room, a cluttered room crates anxiety and inorganization, so I help myself out mentally by keeping that clean. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

• One family member, my family are some of the only individuals that I can trust in a disaster situation,. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

• Deadpool, he knows how to have fun but can also get the job done when need be. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

• My little brother being diagnosed with cancer at a young age. My family and I stuck together through it all and made sure we did everything possible to get my brother back to being healthy.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Making the game winning pass deflection in 4th down on the goal line vs. Edinboro my junior year.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• C.R.E.A.M – Wu- Tang Clan/ Diplomatic Immunity- Drake 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

• Great instincts is both a physical and mental trait I have.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• ol dirty bastard, his style was crazy, he was one of the realist people, and never changed who he truly was. He stood for much more than just rap. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

• The vibe 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Deontae Harris 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Always respected. People that are respected build relationships with other leaders, being liked builds relationships with followers. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

• William Green, I had a chance to meet him and have conversations about life and his career, his story is just heartbreaking but filled with lessons. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• Both. I play the game to win and nothing less. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My mother, she is the reason I work so hard on and off the field and I know the sacrifices she has made for me to be in the situation I am today,

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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