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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Damar’ren Mitchell, DB, Colorado Mesa University

Damar'ren Mitchell 2022 NFL Draft Prospect
Colorado Mesa University’s playmaking defensive back Damar’ren Mitchell recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Damar’ren Mitchell
  • Position: Safety/DB
  • College: Colorado Mesa
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 196
  • Twitter: DamarrenM2

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

Maturity, being a play maker and being able to play any position in the secondary, and the preparation I put into my game. The sacrifices I have made to be the player I am today.

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

I was interested in two sports by the age of 5 football and MMA. I could hit people without getting in trouble for it.

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

What NFL teams should know about me that I can bring maturity to your team, I put the team before any of my wants and needs, and will do anything to better and help the team win.

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

I would donate to mental illness/health or depression. Because with me I have missed a year of football in 2019 dealing with depression and going through a lot of family issues and things I felt like I couldn’t control and that I needed help with, but I just felt like I could do it by myself with no help. I understand that it’s a lot more football players and just people all over the world that goes through the same.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I have received is control what I can control don’t stress on the uncontrollable 

Who was your childhood hero? 

Child hood hero I would have to say my Mom she has done everything for me given me the world and more, helped me be the man I am today. And I have one more it would be my high school coach Shawn Bell because he never gave up on me he helped me get better as a man and mature as a football player. Helped me get offers from D-1 schools by getting them to come to the high school and attend my games. And he got me to this point in my career and we still talk every now and then about life not just football he cares about me more than a football player.

Who is the most underrated player in your lockerroom?

Most underrated player in my locker room would be Nik Ricks he works hard, he’s mature, he takes football serious, he wants to win every rep and he’s a competitor he stays in the film room and great father and teammate.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is just having people show fake love to you, but when you start balling and becoming someone great then everyone loves you like no stay in your lane and stay hating. Just fake people.

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

Hardest moment I had to overcome in my life was depression hitting me hard in 2019 and just missing the season and letting everyone down. And having to earn trust again and gain respect from everyone. Then having a son and just thinking in my head can I do this will I have time to be there for him and raise him, I want to be the best for him.

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

Something special about Colorado Mesa is the scenery and just seeing things and experiencing things I’ve never done before or never in my childhood i thought I would see. Hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, or even seeing snow. Just a great experience overall.

What is your favorite snack food? 

Favorite snack would be pizza, and Honeybuns haha.

What is the best part of football? 

The best part of football is the outlet it gives you, the connections you build with your teammates and coaches the life time brothers, the smell of the grass and practices, the games, the pre-games, pregame dinners and the crowds. Just so much about the game of football is amazing.

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

I amaze myself in different ways not just the game of football, but this thing called life.

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

I would compare my game play to Kevin Byard, or Justin Simmons  because as an safety they can show up in the run and they can cover and not scared of anybody and respect everyone. Don’t talk just let their play back it up.

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

I would have dinner with my cousin that passed away, my great grandmother just to meet her, and Nick Saban just to get to pick his mind for football, and life.

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 [email protected]

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