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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Thomas Leggett, DB, Texas Tech University

Thomas Leggett NFL Draft Texas Tech 2021 NFL Draft
Texas Tech University defensive back Thomas Leggett is one of the most underrated prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen. (Also gotta give a shout to Heyday Public relations on Instagram for letting me interview Thomas)
  • Name: Thomas Leggett
  • Position: DB
  • College: Texas Tech University 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 200 lbs 
  • Twitter:@Dope_db
  • Instagram: @DB_Leggett

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

LaDainian Tomlinson, he was the first pro athlete I watched play at such a high level. He’s a Hall of Famer and a great role model on and off the field.

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

To win every time and dominate. I have a dog mentality and whether that’s making the tackle or a big play or breaking up a pass or whatever it is just having that mentality when I play. I also want my teammates to have the same mindset. 

3.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

My biggest challenge in life was going to junior college. I had to relocate from Florida to California. During this time, I faced a lot of everyday struggles on a financial level.

4.What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

What sets me apart from other defensive backs is my versatility. I play in different sets every week and different positions. I am flexible and have a willing mindset, so whatever position the team wants me to play, I will play it.

5.What is your favorite workout?

My favorite gym workout is Abs/Core because it’s challenging. My favorite field drills are positional drills, high safety, and I like tracking the ball.

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

My family played a major role in my wanting to play football at a high level. Both of my older brothers played football during my adolescence. My oldest brother Brad played Division 2 college football. My other brother Jordan is a professional NFL player. I had to give a huge shout-out to them. I remember watching them when I was younger. Circling back to LaDainian Tomlinson, it’s also because of him that I wanted to play football.

Thomas Leggett Goodbye!

7.What role do you hope to have when you make it into the NFL?

I’m a very versatile player so I can play anywhere they want nickel, strong safety, free safety, and box safety. Additionally, I am a leader on and off the field. While at Texas Tech, I had a leadership role, and I am confident that I can provide those same leadership skills.

8.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

The huge key to success it starts with the team everyone has to play together. And then preparation that’s another thing that breeds confidence and I like to go make sure I am prepared like I am preparing for my pro day right now and it all sets you up to react well. Success on the football field starts with daily preparation. Confidence is equally important. Building trust and a brotherhood with your teammates makes it easier to score and win. All of these things are keys to success on the football field.

9.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I enjoy playing football, it can be fun. However, in college it was also about business, this is my job.It’s important when on the field you also have high energy and positivity.

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

My versatility and flexibility. I can play anywhere nickel, strong safety, free safety, high safety, and box safety. They would get someone who is willing to be flexible in order for the team to win. No matter what, I always want to learn new things about the game of football. I’m coachable and I learn fast.

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

  1. Make it out of Junior College in to Texas Tech. I had to bet on myself and take a risk. Believing in myself allowed me the opportunity to play for Tech. Now, I’m preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft.
  1. The Texas game is another favorite moment from this past season. Although we didn’t win, I played my heart out. I think 9 tackles that game. I played hard and played for my team. It definitely was a good lesson.

12.What is the biggest reason you decided to start your Reps for Rare Diseases campaign at pro day?

I lost my cousin to sarcoma in 2017, that was hard for me. The Reps for Rare Disease proceeds will be donated to Americans with a rare disease. Many people don’t have the finances or resources to get the operations/procedures they need to save their life.

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