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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Karon Delince, DB, East Tennessee State University

Karon Delince is a blazing fast defender for the East Tennessee State secondary and also an excellent performer on their track & field team. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Karon Delince
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 165
  • Position: DB
  • College: East Tennessee State University
  • Twitter: @karondelince
  • Instagram: @kdelince12

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
My major is Engineering Technology with a minor in Business. I hope to get into Architecture and help design and construct buildings. My time as a student has been a learning experience as being a college student is a full-time job, let alone participating in football and track & field. Being in college has also helped me learn how to be independent.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My speed is my best attribute because if I slip up, I can still recover and make the play. I’m also a smart player, and I know where to be on the field. Something not everyone knows is that I’m sneaky aggressive as well.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I’m a quiet leader. I let my actions speak for themselves. I can show you how to do things the right way. I’m the go-to guy as a corner, and I’m usually put on the best wide-receiver. I’m confident in my ability to lock down my side of the field.

I believe I’m best suited to play nickel, corner or even wide receiver. I held the record for touchdowns in middle school, and I’m confident that I could easily be a slot receiver if called 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?upon. I was also very successful as a safety in high school having the most Int and pick sixes.

Mercer has had some big strong WRs over the years. Marquise Irvin was a good one, and there is a guy named David Durden that made a great catch that we later nicknamed Spiderman.

Giovanni Dyer is one of the guys that I see in practice on our team. He’s got great speed with good twitch and acceleration.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Tyree Robinson is the teammate that impresses me the most. We came into ETSU together and have been inseparable. He’s been a big influence on me and we feed off of each other’s energy. He’s a go getter that takes care of his job and motivates me to be the best that I can be.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My sophomore year of high school, I had the flu during a game. It was actually a game where I was lined up against Henry Ruggs who went on to play for Alabama and now with the Raiders. Despite being sick, I was able to lock him down, and he didn’t get much on me during that game. I also had another similar game in college when I had a virus but still persevered. I knew that I had to fight through it and never give up.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Obviously Track. I also played basketball and soccer in high school, but track was something that always came easy to me. Growing up in Florida, we were always outside running. I had a lot of success in track & field in high school and in college. My best event has been the 200m where I was able to win the indoor and outdoor event in our conference. My personal best in high school was 21.09 sec in the 200m. I was named Freshman of the Year in Indoor and Outdoor Track. I also have a personal best in the long jump of about 24 ft.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’ve had a lot of achievements over the years, but I feel that my biggest one has to be making it through 4 years of college and when I finally get my degree. I’ll be the first in my family to do so. It’s always a proud moment when I come back home because a lot of people in town know who I am and treat me very well. I’m kind of a hometown hero.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My freshman year, we had an overtime game against Mercer where I stopped the fade ball against their big receiver. That forced them to kick a field goal instead of scoring a touchdown. The following drive we were able to go in for the score to win the game.

Our game against Jacksonville State was a bit of a personal one for me. I had previously committed to them before coming to ETSU. So, I had to prove myself against them. With 2 minutes left, I was able to break up the pass and give us a change to come back for the win.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
I’m a big fan of players like Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey. Not only are they two of the best DBs ever, but they also played on offense occasionally, which I can see myself doing. Those players would have excelled no matter where you put them on the field.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
NBA Youngboy is one of my favorite artists. I have to listen to “Reaper Child” before every game.

What is your favorite comfort food?
My Grandma is a great cook. Some of my favorite foods are pizza, pasta and wings.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
I like watching Anime with shows like Naruto, Fairy Tale and Ba=lack Clover. I also like action movies like Mission Impossible. One of my favorite actors is Kevin Hart.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I’m an easy going kind of guy that’s usually upbeat. I like to cook, workout and watch anime.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My family. My Mom, Dad and Grandma. I also want to carry my brother’s dream because he loved the game and never had a chance to play at the collegiate level.

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