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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Michael Hicks Jr., FS, Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University safety Michael Hicks Jr. recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Michael Hicks Jr
  • Position: Free Safety
  • College: Fort Valley State University
  • Height: 6’
  • Weight: 205
  • Twitter: MLHJ_era
  • Instagram: Hicks_era

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

  • My versatility and willingness to learn more and more everyday.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • As young as I can remember. Some of my family members said I came out holding a football.

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

  • One thing any NFL team should know is that I’m going to come to work everyday. I’ve been overlooked my entire life and had to work to get everything I’ve gotten and will get.

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

  • Theres a lot to choose from but I would donate to help the environmental health of communities.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • Control what you can control and watch what you say because Life and Death lies in the power of the tongue

Who was your childhood hero?

  • My Father

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

  • There are plenty of people underrated at Fort Valley to choose from but id say Tyler Moore or Marlon Fleming

What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • People lying when there is no need to lie or being a hypocrite.

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

  • One of the hardest moments I had to overcome was when my former teammate passed away. LLWIGGS

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

  • Fort Valley is my home away from home. Its a small school so you pretty much know everyone on campus. Everyone is treated like family wether you know the person or not. All you know is that their a Wildcat. 

What is your favorite snack food?

  • Salt and Vinegar chips

What is the best part of football?

  • Seeing all the work you put in individually and as a team over the summer and during the week pay off on Saturdays. 

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

  • I do it all, Safety, corner, nickel, special teams, just put me on the field and get your popcorn

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

  • Justin Simmons

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

  • I’d choose my Kobe Bryant, Deion Sanders, and Chad Ochocinco. I choose those 3 specifically because I know ill leave with so much knowledge and it would motivate me to make a bigger difference in this world and on the field.

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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