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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Andre Blackett, LB, University of Rhode Island

Andre Blackett Rhode Island 2022 NFL Draft
Andre Blackett the hard-hitting linebacker from the University of Rhode Island recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name:  Andre Blackett 
  • Position: Middle Linebacker 
  • College: University of Rhode Island 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 235
  • Twitter: @a_blackettJr
  • Instagram: @38flavorsss__

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2022 NFL Draft? 

  • I believe what makes me a top prospect in my position is my versatility on the field alongside of my instincts and power that I play with. Also my ability to cover RB’s or TE’s man to man

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

  • I picked up a football and fell in love with the sport at the age of 2

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • They should know that I am a good team player, a leader, and an energetic player at the middle linebacker position 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

  • One cause in the world that I would donate to would be the criminal justice system to eliminate mass incarceration and unfair treatment.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • The best advice would be “the work you put in is the results you will receive”

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • Childhood hero would be Ray Lewis because in some ways we have a similar story 

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

  • Most underrated teammate at my school would be Jordan Jones 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • Biggest pet peeve is miscommunicating a call and misfitting a gap because I pride myself on these two things. I like to hit  open gaps and I like to have clear communication with my teammates

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

  • Hardest moment to overcome would be going to JUCO and being redshirted.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • My school is in the smallest state and it is special to me because the ones who have made it to the NFL are the ones I have seen work the hardest

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Favorite snack is Watermelon Sour Patch/Peanut M&M’s

What is the funnest part of football? 

  • The Best part of football would be getting turnovers

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

  • If you want a smart instinctive tough linebacker that’s going to give it his all every down, come get me

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be? 

  • I would compare myself to Devin Bush 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

  • Dinner with three people would be Notorious BIG, Kobe Bryant, and lastly Tom Brady. These three men are goats and I would like to soak up knowledge on their work ethic and the things they did to make them so successful. 

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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