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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: David Vereen, DB, Newberry College

David Vereen Newberry College 2022 NFL interview
Newberry defensive back David Vereen recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen for this exclusive interview.
  • Name: David Vereen
  • Position: DB
  • College: Newberry College
  • Height:5’11”
  • Weight:180 lbs.
  • Instagram: @d.vereen_

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

I played basketball and baseball growing up but football was the sport that I enjoyed the most and it just came to me naturally.

2. What is your favorite workout?

Any type of field work, I can do field work all day.

3. What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

My ability to be in position and play the ball without getting a penalty. I believe I have great ball skills. I also am very efficient tackler I frequently make open field and one on one tackles. Also my man to man skills are elite and I have great recovery speed which allows me not to panic if I’m beat.

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

Whenever I’m on the field I’m locked in and focused. But of course if any of my teammates or myself makes a big play then I’m hype.

5. What are your favorite things about playing football for Newberry?

I would say the atmosphere on a Saturday. Whenever you wake up you can just feel it’s time for some football.

6. What is a moment in your football career that improved you as a football player?

I would say switching positions in the middle of my redshirt freshman year. I came in as a WR and my HC asked me if I wanted to switch to help the team because of injuries.

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

Discipline, playing your assignment and trusting your teammates to do their job. Also will and determination.

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

Darrelle Revis, because he is one of the greatest ever to do it and so I could pick his brain.

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

Playing against our cross town rival West Florence my senior year of high school. We were down and I caught an interception and then I went on offense and scored the game winning touchdown.

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

A dawg honestly a player with a chip on their shoulder ready to out work anybody.

11. What has been your biggest challenge in life?

After my sophomore season I made all conference. I was excited and ready to take my game to another level. I went home to for thanksgiving break and while I was home I was involved in an accident where I was hit by a truck. The accident broke my pelvis and tore my urethra. I had to have multiple surgeries and procedures. I went through that for about a year. And that caused me to miss a year of football. Finally I got cleared to play in Feb of 2020. Just when I thought I was going to play football again COVID-19 hit and everything was canceled. Those times tested me mentally, physically and spiritually. I still remember me asking the doctor if I was going to be able to play football again and he told me no and walked out.

12. What is a skill that you have that you think translates into the NFL well?

My ability to critique myself and learn from my mistakes.

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