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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kyle Haines, WR, Shippensburg University

Kyle Haines the big and physical WR from Shippensburg University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Kyle Haines
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 225 
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • College: Shippensburg University 
  • Twitter:@khaines7

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

• I’m from a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania called Moscow. It’s nice to come home, see family, relax and eat a home cooked meal.

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

• All 3 of these are incredibly important, but in my opinion for the question, Strength & Conditioning comes first because you need to be in top physical shape to compete, especially when talking about football at the highest level. If you don’t have a certain level of strength & conditioning at this level you won’t be successful.

Practice is next because you need to get quality reps. Repetition is the mother of skill and you need to practice your craft and execution to take care of business when it matters most.

Film study last, but extremely vital because you need to clean up any mistakes made, also being able to pick up any tendencies will lead to success. You must watch film to prepare yourself of what you will see and how you will attack it.

What do you worry about, and why?

• I don’t really tend to worry much, but we all can be victims of it at some point. I have faith and trust in God, but also for any opportunities that present themselves, I know I am putting in the work to be successful. People seem to worry if they don’t know what to expect or what’s coming, but if you prepare and put the work in then you should have confidence.

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

• After my first 2 years in college I had a lot of success as a player and looking toward my junior year I was ready to have a huge year. We got a new coaching staff and some transfers. I felt I was solid in camp, but the beginning of the season I didn’t get the opportunities I felt I deserved and felt like I failed, but I kept my head down, kept being a leader and continued to work harder. It taught me so many valuable lessons and I was able to grow exponentially from the experience.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My leadership ability. I was a captain in high school and a captain in college and I take pride in that. Always leading by example, putting in the extra work on and off the field, and doing whatever it takes to be the best I can be. I practice, prepare and play with passion and am dedicated to the ultimate success of the team. I put the team before me, but I take advantage of every opportunity that is present. 

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

• Lamont Mcphatter 

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

• I got my undergrad in Marketing and would start out in the business field. After some time I would open up my own business.

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

• Room

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

• I would do my best to save all, but for the questions sake I would choose a family member because of how important family is to me. 

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

-I’ve been called Captain America by some people and the marvel series is incredible. Captain America’s character is outstanding. 

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

Coming from a small town, small high school and division 2 college. I know not a lot of people believe that it can be done, but it motivates me that I have made it this far and have learned so much along the way. I have had the desire to play at the highest level since I was young and I have faith in God and faith in the action that I have taken to get me to my goal. I have an intense hunger and drive to get to where I want to be and I know there is no substitute for hard work and committing to the grind. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• When I was younger I was going for a heavy deadlift and in the weight room a lot of eyes are on you when you have a heavy set. When I got to the top I was straining so hard I farted so loud. It was so embarrassing because of how young I was, but looking back it was a funny moment. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My first career touchdown my freshman year. It was a deep post and I had to come back for the ball and the safety pretty much wrapped his arms around my neck. It was a called PI and I actually caught it with one hand and was in for the touchdown. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Lose yourself 

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

•My work ethic. I have been blessed by god with incredible genes, but everything I’ve earned and how far I’ve come a big reason is a testament to my work ethic. It has been instilled in me from when I was very young and it has grown to a level that will help me succeed at the next level. 

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

• I would say someone very influential and that can have more lasting impact on the world such as Nelson Mandela. 

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

•Hainzies 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•Harrison Smith 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•Respected because it’s an admiration and you have to earn it everyday. Respect is important in society today and being liked is much simpler. 

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

• Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s tough to feel for people who have control and are termed Professionals. I would say Vince Young though.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•Love to win 

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

• I would say my Mother because in very dark times she stepped up and did what it takes to support our family. She worked incredibly hard to keep us afloat and together. Being young and growing up through those times it really ingrained how much influence and respect I’ll always have for her outside of her being my mother. 

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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