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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Meordrick Shoemake, CB, Langston University

Meordrick Shoemake the feisty CB from Langston University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Meordrick Shoemake 
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 165
  • Position: Cornerback 
  • College: Langston University
  • Twitter: @__SHOEISLAND

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

  • I come from a medium sized town Lawton, Oklahoma where football has reined King for many years. Three high schools in my city so the competition was on a rise.

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

  • Strength, Conditioning, Film Study, and Practice 

What do you worry about, and why?

  • I worry about being looked over as a potential prospect because sometimes your skill and film doesn’t do enough justice. Coming from a small school the relationship between player and coach becomes even more vital and small school coaches from my university are interns and for the most part not payed. That matters because at the end of the day the coach doesn’t give his time to his position group to get them better. In return they are looking for a bite to grab and money to make giving there attention on survival rather than helping the group reach another level.

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

  • My red-shirt freshman year I made the team but never really touched any time on the defensive side of the ball. The very next year I started as the top cornerback in the nation nationally ranked, led in interceptions, and took my team to the playoffs battling in one of the lowest deficits in playoff history the last couple of years. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • My best quality is my mental. I am a very smart student of the game maintaining a 3.0 GPA and research position in my department while also helping the team for three seasons and three consecutive conference championships.

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

  • The best player I had to play against in college was a slot receiver for UAPB. Very fast and elusive and never gave the linebackers a chance to close in on him to make a play. Very agile and would love to meet him again. He ended his season as a All-American returner.

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

  • If I could be a movie character it would be the father off of “TAKEN”. I felt every game the opposite team took something from me and I was there to take it back. I was also willing to do anything in my power to make sure it happened.

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

  • My largest adversity in life is playing more than 13 years of football and my mom never see a single game. I dealt with it by dreaming she was in the stands and playing my type of game no matter the outcome. I hope to overcome it by getting another opportunity to play on the next level and giving her another chance to come see me play for the first time.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

  • My most embarrassing moment was coming to Langston University on an official visit and the head coach that recruited me left two days before I got there. So i didn’t know who the head coach was or anything about him. Almost made me second guess playing at all.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

  • The most memorable play I had in my college career was playing in the playoffs and diving into the air for an interception. I had been told time and time again I wasn’t good enough yet I was doing the impossible.

What song best describes your work ethic?

  • Dark Clouds-Rod Wave 

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

  • The most important trait I have is my heart. I may be on the short end but my heart allows me to play as a 6 foot corner with a wing span of a 6incher. 

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

  • I would bring my grandmother back from the dead to spend one day with me. She taught me how to gain my green thumb and now I am published in three articles for my work in plant biotechnology and cloning.

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

  • I would name my dance club Shoe Laissez Faire to incorporate other business also. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

  • The most underrated player in the NFL is Darquez Dennard that played for Michigan State and later went on to play for the Bengals.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

  • I would rather be respected because when the glitter and gold gone I still want people around me to know I am about that life on the field.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

  • I love to win. I have been undefeated in conference all fours years in high school and all three years in college.

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

  • Kobe Bryant has been my biggest influence on my life because there were so many people that didn’t want him to go to the NBA out of high school yet he did the impossible and created a legacy in Los Angeles. He is a legend and he didn’t have to switch to diffract teams to make that happen playing for one team for twenty years and having five rings. I wish to just hold one National championship ring one day let alone five.

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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