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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Arron Mosby, OLB, Fresno State

Arron Mosby 2022 NFL Draft Fresno State
Arron Mosby of Fresno State is one of the most versatile linebackers in the country. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Arron Mosby
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Position: OLB
  • College: Fresno State
  • Twitter: ArronMosby 
  • Instagram: tak3flightmo

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 in African American Studies, and I also have a minor in Communications. Last year, we helped paint curb addresses in our community. As a freshman, I helped out with a fundraiser on campus which was for a drama event that the University was doing.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My teammates would say that I’m a reliable, consistent, hardworking leader.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
My role over the years has evolved. I originally came to Fresno State as a DB, and now I’m an OLB. My first year, I was strictly on special teams and I worked hard in order to make the travel team. I ended up with a total of 15 tackles on special teams my freshman year. My sophomore year, I still played special teams although I was worked into the defense playing safety. As a junior, I went from being a special teams contributor to being the heart of the defense at linebacker along with Mykal Walker. I ended up with 2 forced fumbles as a junior. In 2020 I had an injury which changed my role once again. I was on the sideline helping my teammates and coaching them up. All in all, I’ve been a very versatile defender that can be used in a variety of different ways at the pro level. I see myself as an outside linebacker. Not only can I be a solid special teams player, but I can drop back into coverage as well as rush the passer.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Eno Benjamin is the first name that comes to mind. He was a RB for Arizona State. He was a different kind of athlete that had the ability to make people miss.

Leighton Vander Esch was a linebacker at Boise State who seemed to be all over the field when we played them. His tenacity transferred to the pros very well.

I’ve played against some great competition at QB in the Mountain West. Jordan Love was a very elusive QB to tackle at Utah State. I’ve also seen Carson Strong develop into a great passer at Nevada, and I can’t wait to go up against him this season.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Jeffery Allison was straight Bulldog Football. He was one of the toughest players that I’ve ever had as a teammate. He was a hardworking player who was all business on the field.

Juju Hughes is the brain. He was my mentor coming into Fresno State and I learned the most from him.

David Parales is a different breed of player who has a very high motor. He’s one of our best pass rushers.

Kevin Atkins is a very fun energetic guy to be around. He loves the game of football and that rubs off on everyone. Kevin also has the ability to flick the switch and be an animal on the defensive line.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
The motto that I’ve always gone by is “Beat the Odds”. When I was 7, I got into a bad car accident where I shattered my nose. After that, my mom didn’t want me to play any contact sport like football. I obviously got my opportunity though.

In high school, I was doing very well in football and was making a lot of great plays as a DB and WR. Yet, I really wasn’t getting a lot of offers. My senior year, I told my mom that I might have to go the JUCO route. I had interest from a few programs. Although, I had to retake my SAT in order to qualify. I didn’t know how much your GPA mattered until my senior year. I wasn’t a very committed student in my early years. College scholarships were beginning to fill up, and I wondered where I was going to end up. There was a player that decommitted to Fresno State at the last minute giving me the opportunity to go there. I was only a 2 star recruit coming out of high school, and I have since become a starter and leader for our defense.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Basketball. I only did a little bit of track in high school, but I played all 4 years of basketball. We ended up going to our state playoffs and to a championship game.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of not giving up when times were hard. Finishing college is also something that I’m proud of. I’ll be the first in my generation to do that.

One of the achievements that I can say that I have is that I was named coach of the year at a local kid’s sports camp in Sanger, CA. I like how kids look up to me, and that I’m able to be a role model for them to follow.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
As a sophomore in 2018, I had a 97-yard pick 6 against San Jose State. It was the beginning of the 4th quarter, and I was covering one of the best TEs in our conference in Josh Oliver. I had to cover him all game and I eventually snagged a ball crossing the field and taking it to the house.

In 2019, we had a goal line stance against Utah State. It was 4th and 1, and I went through the line tackling both the RB and the QB. That ended all of their chances to win the game.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
My favorite athlete of all-time is Lebron James. I’ve been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan for about 15 years. Devin White is one of the linebackers that I enjoy watching.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
My favorite music artist is Lil Baby. One of the songs that I like to listen to before games is “Dedication” by Nipsey Hussle.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Steak, potatoes and lobster are some of my favorite comfort foods. A local Japanese Hibachi place that I really like is Heno Oishi.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV show is Power. Transformers is one of my favorite movies. One of my favorite actors is Mark Wahlberg.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I like to travel, go shopping and play paintball.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I love the game. I’ve been playing every since I was 3 years old with my older brothers. I love how football also teaches you maturity and life lessons.

My daughter and my mother are my biggest motivators. My Mom is a very strong woman who raised 4 kids all on her own going to work. She taught me to never put your head down and keep going. She’s like my best friend and means everything to me.

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