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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kai “KJ” Gray, DB, Tabor College

Tabor College defensive back Kai “KJ” Gray recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. Check it out!
  • Name: Kai “KJ” Gray
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: Tabor College (formerly at Rutgers/Sam Houston St)
  • Height: 6’1.5
  • Weight: 209
  • Twitter: @CampaignKJG_5
  • Instagram: @CampaignKJG_7 

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

I am a prototype defensive back with experience and production at multiple levels. Since high school, I have competed with and against some of the best. All of this is complemented by great coaching from some of the best in the business. 

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

I remember around the age of 6 or 7, my father used to bring me to his touch league games. I would watch him and his friends play and run along the sidelines with his teammates’ children. 

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

NFL Teams should know that I can be the steal of the draft.  

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

I would donate to Shelters for the Homeless and Animals. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Chase your dreams and make them a reality. 

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood hero was Michael Vick. He was the reason I played quarterback growing up. A player who has a major influence on the way the game of football is played today. I feel as if I can relate to him and his story of overcoming adversity and defying the odds. When everybody counted him out, he proved himself when he got his chance. 

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

Brooks Gardner.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Having to turn down my music in the car because somebody is receiving a phone call, especially on a good song.

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

To be honest, one of my hardest times was in recent months. I lost my grandmother and was told news from a Division 2 school (that I was committed to) that my NCAA Eligibility Clock would not allow me to attend the school. I missed a whole 2020 season of the game that I love. It was difficult because I wasn’t sure if I would get a chance to finish my degree and play my final year to prove to NFL Scouts that I am an NFL Caliber player. Fortunately, the COVID rules combined with some great connections landed me an opportunity. 

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

My school is an NAIA institution that is located in the state of Kansas. It is special to me because they showed faith in me and welcomed me into their community with open arms. 

What is your favorite snack food?

My favorite snack food is Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. 

What is the best part of football?

That feeling when you make a big play and the crowd roars as the adrenaline rushes through your body.

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

I am a versatile chess piece in the defense with a great story to tell and tremendous potential. 

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

I would compare my play to Derwin James. In addition to our measurables being similar, I can be a versatile piece of the defense. I have experience playing cornerback, both safety positions, and an efficient pass rusher. 

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

My first guest for dinner would be LeBron James because he is one of the WORLD’S best athletes. I admire how he’s so disciplined and committed to his craft and taking care of his body. My second guest would be Michael Vick. His influence on the game of football is similar to how LeBron influences basketball. He also has my utmost respect for his ability to overcome adversity. My third guest would be Chief Keef. He was my favorite rapper during my high school years. We share the same birthday, he played a huge impact on the music world and he appears to enjoy what he does. 

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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