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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Zimari Manning, WR, Tarleton State University

Zimari Manning the big time D2 wide receiver from Tarleton State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Zimari Manning
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: WR
  • College: Tarleton State
  • Twitter: Iam_zm3

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

Born & raised on the Eastside Long Beach California

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

Practice, film study, strength & conditioning

What do you worry about, and why?

I mostly worry about not making it to the next level and not being able to provide for my family.

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

My whole high school career I feel I failed, had to overcome by not giving up and just keep fighting.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My hands and probably how humble I am

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

PR, Prince Robinson,  MR. 2×

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

I would probably play in the NBA

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

I would clean my Room, car, then desk

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

I am a huge family man so I would probably choose my family. That’s if I can’t save them all 

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

Martin is my favorite TV show so I would have to go with Martin it Cole

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

No doubt my brother being locked up. Just have to keep praying and leave it all up to God keep striving and know that he’s coming home. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I try to stay out of the way so I won’t really remember

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

It would definitely my play against Delta State making it on to sports nation

What song best describes your work ethic?

Neighborhood Nip grinding all my life

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

My cousin Corey El just to hear his voice and tell him I love him

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

Z’s boom boom room

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

Keenan Allen

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

Respected without a doubt. not every body is going to like you but who cares respect is earned not giving

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

Michael Vick, because everybody knows he’s a great person he just had a slip up

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

Hate to lose no question

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

Probably my brother G. no matter how much we bump heads, he’s always been there ready to give advice and always making an effort to talk with me and hit me up constantly. He went to most of my JUCO games and was in the stands, and walking end zone to end zone going crazy. 

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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