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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jon Mullin, QB, Wesley College

Jon Mullin the big and physical QB from Wesley College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Jon Mullin
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • College: Wesley College
  • Twitter: @jon_mullin

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

• My hometown is Bayonne, New Jersey. Bayonne is a small town with a lot of genuine people and the support from the community is great. I have lived here for twenty one years and the town is only getting better. The thing that I love most about Bayonne is the diversity and how everyone is included no matter what. 

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

• The first thing would be strength and conditioning because this is how you prepare yourself to be the best you. Whether it is in season maintenance or if its summer workouts, you have to be physically strong to be out there on the field. Next, practice is the second of importance because you have to perfect your craft. When you get comfortable with your skill, is when you are vulnerable to fail. Lastly, film study is the third of importance because this is how you correct your mistakes and gain an edge on your opponents by scouting them. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• I tend to not worry too much because you can only control what you can control. There are many predicaments to certain situations, so I tend to just react on instinct. 

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

• My freshman year playing baseball, we were at Salisbury and it was the CAC Playoffs. We were down a lot and then I was called on to pitch in the bottom of the 7th. Salisbury is ranked in the Top 25, and #1 in the Conference. I came in the 7th and immediately loaded the bases with two walks and a single. This was no help to us while we are already down by 6. I was very frustrated at the time but I had put that to the side and I ended up getting out of the inning with no runs scored. In that moment, I could have failed even more if I let my emotions take over.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My leadership and communication skills. This is my senior year and this is my team, my teammates are behind me as I am behind them. I love interacting with all our guys, the guys on the defense are always on me about getting sacked by them but they know we are all just trying to get each other better. 

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

• Darin Hungerford, Kean

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

• If I could not play football, I would be a carpenter. In high school, I took multiple carpentry classes and visited so many Unions and Local Businesses. The industry is amazing and it is a plus when you enjoy making or building projects. 

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

• First I would clean my room because that is where you start and end your day. Every morning I make my bed to start the day right and not have a sloppy appearance of my room. Next would be my desk because this is where you study or try to do homework and the less clutter the better. There should be no distractions around you on your desk. Finally, I would clean my car. This is usually only filled with water bottles on the floor but that is easy to recycle. 

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

• If there was a disaster I would save one family member because blood is thicker than water. I know I can trust my family if such disaster were to occur. 

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

• Marty McFly from Back To The Future, because he has the opportunity to time travel and that is a pretty cool thing to do. He also has the chance to predict sports games and the lottery. 

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

• The biggest adversity that I had to deal with is my injury sophomore year. It happened in the Southern Virginia game and it was my first injury in football. I had a bruised knee, there was no break or tear luckily but it did keep me out for two weeks and I dealt with this by getting treatment everyday during and after my injury. This was very beneficial in my recovery. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment would have to be when I was at Bowlero with some friends and it was December. It had just snowed and some of the snow melted so it turned into ice. I did not see it and I ended up slipping and falling on my butt, all my friends were all laughing. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• The most memorable play of my collegiate career would have to be when I rolled out on play to my left, turned my shoulders and threw a dart to the end zone. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Taking Care of Business by BTO

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

• Being coachable. You can be the biggest, strongest athlete but if you are no coachable then you are not willing to learn. This is a tremendous intangible. 

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

• My grandmother, my mother’s mother. I did not really know her to well  because she passed when I was younger but she raised my mom and my mother is a terrific individual. So, I can only imagine how much my grandmother cared for us. 

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

• Mulldog’s Night Club, Mulldog is a nickname that Coach Drass gave me and I would love to live through him. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected. You do not have to like me but you will respect me. 

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

• Ryan Shazier, he was a tremendous football player and an even better individual. It is sad to see what happened to him but he continues to progress and keep it moving no matter what. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose, especially if you lose on your own mistakes. Winning is always great but you never want to lose. 

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

• The biggest influence on my life would be my mom and brother. They have been there for me since day one and I can not thank them enough. My mom has gone above and beyond for me and I would love to pay her back. My brother always told me to never give up and look at me now. 

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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