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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Aaron Kelly, S, UMass

Aaron Kelly UMASS
UMass safety Aaron Kelly is one of the most underrated prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Aaron Kelly
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 200lbs
  • Position: Safety
  • College: UMass
  • Twitter: @JackpotDrako

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city? 

• We got too many to choose, Tony’s, Ben’s Chili Bowl and Good Hope Carryout are a few that come to mind.

When breaking down your film what will stick out? 

• My first step and my ability to tackle, a big part of my game is my ability to read whats coming based off of pre-snap reads and react accordingly.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money? 

• I would set aside 25% of it to invest into my business ventures. I would invest another 20% in my physical and mental wellness. The rest would be ‘TBD’.

What has been your biggest failure? 

• I don’t view them as failures, I see them as lessons. One of the biggest lesson I learned in my first year of college is that you must put your ego aside in order to be successful in a team environment. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• The optimism and positive energy that I bring to any room. 

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

• Andre Dummond, a walk-on cornerback who works his ass off everyday. First in the building and last out every single day. I’ve learned a ton from him.

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

• My nicknames are AK and Drako. 

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job? 

• Communications, I’m a big time sports fanatic. Been my passion since I was 6 years old. So as long as I am in the sports industry I am very likely to be happy.

What is your coolest life moment? 

• Launching my sports social media app ‘SZN’ with my best friends Elijah Johnson and Justin Cole was one of the coolest things I’ve done at this point of my life.

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What song would you sing at Karaoke night? 

• Dua Lipa – IDGAF

If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking? 

• Will Smith, he’s a beast. Just gotta get him a dreadlock wig!

Who is your favorite football team? 

• Washington Redskins DIE HARD!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

• Warning: Always Optimistic

What is your biggest fear? 

• Being middle of the pack and average. I despise the word average. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Terry McClaurin, dude is a superstar!

Take us through game day, How do you prepare? 

• Game day is a culmination of the week. Preparation during the week is what makes you successful on game day. Preparing for the game is more of a mental recap of the preparation from the week. I don’t have a complex routine for game day. I usually do my stretch circuit in the locker room before I go out for pre-warm-up throw around with my fellow DB and best friend Elijah Johnson. Then everything beyond that is your typical team pregame warm-up. 

Do you have any hobbies? 

• I’m an entrepreneur, filmmaker, hooper, and love to rollerskate.

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be? 

• I’m not a huge comparison guy, but Haha Clinton Dix is a guy who is very rangy and can come down and tackle well. 

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

•My mother, sister, and  brothers are huge influences in my life. I know they will be there with me no matter what. 

What motivates you to work hard?

• I hold myself to a high standard in general so that motivates me. Understanding that I have full control of the outcomes of things in my life enables me to grind hard, make positive choices and not sell myself short of greatness.

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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