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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Mekhi Brown, EDGE, Tennessee State University

Mekhi Brown of Tennessee State recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds. Check out his interview below!

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Mekhi Brown
  • Tennessee State University
  • EDGE
  • 6’5”
  • 250 LBS.
  • Hometown: Columbus, GA
  • Twitter: @MekhiBrownn

What have you taken away the most from Coach Reed, Coach Singletary and the rest of the TSU coaching staff?

I took away to always stay positive no matter how good or bad the situation is and just persevere.

When football is over, what do you aspire to do in the professional world?

I want to do some investing and give back to the game by doing combine training and maybe public speaking.

What separates you from other players at your position?

I feel I have elite speed, I’m long, versatile as far as being able to drop in coverage and understand schemes, pass rush and play the run.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Drew Forbes during a game and Cam Robinson in practice.

What current NFL QB would be most satisfying to sack?

Deshaun Watson or Cam Newton.

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

“The Life of Khi.”

Give me your Mount Rushmore of all-time defensive ends, past or present. What made you choose these four players?

Richard Dent, Reggie White, Jadeveon Clowney, and Julius Peppers. All four of these guys have rare abilities and combinations of power and speed. They affect games more than just pass rushing.

Is there a current or former NFL player you emulate your game after?

Leonard Floyd.

You played in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as an Alabama commit, with a few guys who have been 1st-Round picks in recent NFL Drafts (Deandre Baker, Sam Darnold, Jerry Tillery). What was that experience like? Did any of the guys in that game jump out to you as being special?

It was a pretty thrilling experience. Jerry definitely stood out to me. He and I were pretty cool when I was thinking about going to Notre Dame. I came the year before and hung with the guys a class older than me and that made me feel good about the game.

Tell me a little bit about your recruiting process. After being recruited by some marquee programs (Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford, Auburn, Louisville), what sold you on Alabama coming out of high school?

I committed as a sophomore and at that time I felt that was the best move for me and what I’m trying to do, and that’s to play in the NFL. Towards the end of recruiting, I wanted to decommit, but I’m loyal so I stuck with it.

Once you made the decision to transfer, what made you realize TSU was the right place to continue your academic and athletic eligibility?

The situation I was in I only had two years of eligibility left. So I felt the FCS was the next best competition and that played a part in my decision to choose TSU. I also wanted to have HBCU experience at a school that has a good football pedigree.

Let’s take a trip back to the first day of your freshman year of High School. What advice would you give yourself then, knowing what you know now?

I would tell myself your mental health and happiness has to come first for you to excel at a high level.

If I’m in Nashville on a Saturday night during the Fall, where is the one place I have to eat?

Del Frisco’s.

Give me your elevator pitch, in 15 words or less, on how Mekhi Brown will be an asset to an NFL organization for years to come.

I work hard, I’m fine with the role given and I’m always for the team.

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