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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kevin Grant, WR, University of West Florida

Kevin Grant the big physical receiver from West Florida recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Kevin Grant 
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: WR
  • College: University of West Florida 
  • Twitter: @kevin_grant24

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

• I’m from Melbourne, FL. What I loved most about my city was how much diversity it has. It is in the middle of everything so there’s so many opportunities to go out and grind.I feel lucky because there were so many people around me to support and motivate me to be better in anything I wanted to do. There is so much hunger in that city and I felt it gave me the right tools to develop a great work ethic and knowledge to prepare me for my future. 

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

• First strength and conditioning, probably my favorite thing to do because it not only benefits you physically but mentally also. It’s the best start to your daily routine and helps clear your mind and put you in the best position on and off the field. Then film study, watching the good and the bad learning from them and being able to take note of what you need to do to get better. Finally you practice to apply what you’ve learned so it can retain it and build consistency. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• I try my hardest not to worry about stuff out of my control,only what I can control. I perform my best when I’m not worrying about anything. I just try to stay focused on the moment at hand, trusting myself and my ability. It usually works out in the end. If you’re prepared for the moment there isn’t anything to worry about.

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

• I dropped a pass in the 2017 national championship that could have put us in great position to win the game. After the drop I didn’t cry or anything. I made a vow to myself, coaches, and teammates that we will make it back to the championship and we will win. I worked harder over the offseason and focused on the small details of my game and making tough catches. 2 years later we made it back to the national championship and I caught the first touchdown of the game, leading us to winning our first championship in school history.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Probably be Leading by example.

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

• I played against QB Luis Perez from Texas A&M Commerce in the 2017 national championship. The dude was just cold, and he only played football for a couple of years. 

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

• Either a construction project manager or music producer/engineer.

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

• I have to clean my room first. My room is my place of relaxation, too much clutter will drive me crazy after a while. 

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

• I would have to choose my family member. Family is everything to me and I know they would do the same for me. 

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

* I would probably be Rick from Rick and Morty. One of my favorite shows of all time. Rick just does what he wants and always stays 2 steps ahead of his opponent. He doesn’t worry about if or when he can do something,he just does it. If he fails he keeps on pushing until he’s succeeded. I try to keep a Rick mindset in life at all times.

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

• Figuring out where I was going to go to college after high school. I had no offers or anything.So to put myself out there, I created a huge spreadsheet of colleges from all levels and contacted pretty much every coach on the roster, everyday until I got a response. I later got a dm on twitter from my WR’s coach at UWF which led to me to getting a walk on spot, earning a scholarship, playing in every game including two national championships and winning 1 with a program that’s only been around for 5 years. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Probably the 1 hand 65 yard TD catch I had against FIT. It was back in my hometown in front of a lot of friends and family, some who have never seen me play before. We also took back home our rivalry game trophy. And to do that back in my hometown was one of the best feelings that I will always remember.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Future ft Drake- Never Satisfied 

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

• Having a great work ethic is definitely an important trait. I feel that it can separate you from just having talent or natural athletic ability and put you in a better position to succeed.

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

• I would bring back my Auntie Hillary, she was very sick for a few years while I was in school and she wanted to come and see me play so bad but was never able to due to her condition. I would just want to have one last day to spend with her because I never got to before she passed away. She really inspired me growing up to strive to be the best in what you do and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. 

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

• Club 6FYVE.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Kennan Allen is highly underrated in my opinion. Probably one of the best route runners in the league right now and consistently puts up numbers.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected. It can be extremely draining trying to please everyone. I try to be the best I can be and not focus on what other people think of me .If you don’t like what I’m doing that’s fine, but you’re gonna have to respect it.

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

• Antonio Brown’s whole situation was pretty disappointing for me. Every time I looked there was always something new popping up about him in the media. It was such a short amount of time too. From being at such a high point in his career to the lowest. But I hope he can get everything together and get another opportunity. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose. At the same time I find losing to be a very valuable lesson in most cases. 

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

* I would say my father played a huge role in my life by showing me the type of man I want to be in the future . He instilled a great foundation of values and work ethic in me. I can talk to him about anything and I know he’s going to steer me in the right direction every time.

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