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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Taye Vereen, DL, UNC Pembroke

Taye Vereen
Taye Vereen the mean and nasty defensive lineman from UNC Pembroke recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Taye Vereen
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 280
  • Position: DL
  • College: UNC Pembroke 
  • Twitter: @bigtaye97

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city? 

  • Tokyo Express is definitely the spot.

When breaking down your film what will stick out? 

  • My agility and my technique.

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

  • Give back to my parents and grandparents.

What has been your biggest failure? 

  • Probably would be not winning any championships in high school.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • My aggressiveness and my attention to detail.

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Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

  • Josh Jones 

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

  • Yeah I’ve had a few but my more known one is Big Taye.

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

  • Exercise Physiology, I love fitness so being a personal trainer would be it for me.

What is your coolest life moment? 

  • Being given the opportunity to play college football was definitely a great moment for me.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? 

  • Honestly I’m not the singing type lol.

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

  • Taye Diggs

Who is your favorite football team? 

  • The Chiefs

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

  • Cerebral Assassin 

What is your biggest fear? 

  • I actually don’t have any.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

  • Grady Jarrett 

Take us through game day, How do you prepare? 

  • Usually, I’ll watch film of professional players to relax my mind a little bit. Then I make sure I get a little warm before pre-stretch. After pre-stretch I’ll listen to a little music, mainly J Cole. Then for about 10 minutes before we go out, I just sit and meditate.

Do you have any hobbies? 

  • I like playing video games but I’ve been starting to pick up reading as a hobby.

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

  • Definitely Mean Joe Greene for sure.

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

  • My dad, he’s always been my biggest fan. He’s been to most of my games. He’s been a great influence on my life.

What motivates you to work hard?

  • My family, I know they look at me to be outstanding in anything I do. 

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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