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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Taron Mallard, TE, Bethune-Cookman University

Taron Mallard
Bethune-Cookman University tight end Taron Mallard recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen. Check out his interview.
  • Name: Taron Mallard
  • Position: TE
  • College: Bethune Cookman University 
  • Height: 6′ 6″
  • Weight: 240 lbs 
  • Twitter:@living_the22

1.What is your favorite workout?

Power clean, just cause it works the whole body because it gets everything.

2.How has your experience as a Bethune Cookman University Wildcats football player been?

So far it’s been a journey coming in my freshman year and it was shaky but I’ve embraced it just coming into work and being able to learn.

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

My mindset on the football field to be aggressive and play. At my position, I think you have to be aggressive.

4.If you could live anywhere in the world where and why?

Charlotte North Carolina,  just because I’m from North Carolina and it’s home.

5.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

Just for me to be the best me. Somebody who inspires me is Shannon Sharpe and I loved what he did. I just want to be the best player I can be.

6. What do you do for fun?

I like to shop and play basketball is what I do when I have time.

7.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

The life of 1-3, it would just be that because my life outside of football it’s different then other people. It would be about me shopping and playing basketball and hanging with family.

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8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Just my height 6’6 is not normal. I tried basketball and UCF stopped me one day and was like you can play football and I chose it and now this is what I am doing. 

9.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

I would say my biggest challenge would be my life in JuCo. They wanted to move me to offensive tackle and I left in the spring and kept working and somebody picked me up. 

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A player that comes in everyday willing to work and get better and if you see my film you would see that.

11.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

I’ll say winning our first game last year and it was our coach’s first opening game win and I had a good game 63 yards and a touchdown.

12. If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I could hang out with any football player it would be Shannon Sharpe. He came from an HBCU and the way he approaches things even now he stills works out and wants to be the best.

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