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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Omari Alexander, DB, Western Kentucky University

Omari Alexander the play making defensive back from Western Kentucky University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
Omari Alexander the play making defensive back from Western Kentucky University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Omari Alexander
  • Position: DB
  • College: Western Kentucky University 
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Twitter: @omari_alexander
  • Instagram: @omari.alexander

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

If I could hangout with any player it would be Tyrann Mathieu. I’ve always admired his game being an undersized defensive back and more importantly I’ve seen how strong he is mentally. We both have fought adversity, especially through our college careers, he came out on top and I plan to do the same. It would be great to have conversations with him and talk ball, I’m always looking to increase my football IQ. I would love to see his training, recovery and nutrition methods that he uses on a daily basis that makes him such a dominate player.

2.What should we know about Omari Alexander the person?

Omari Najee means God’s highest beneficial, I am a God-fearing man who puts his faith in the man above. I am a respectable man, who was raised by a great mother and a great father, along with excellent support from my older brother. I am a big family person, I wouldn’t be here without them. I am not only a playmaker on the field but also in the classroom. I graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing, currently working on my master’s in organizational leadership. My goal as I go through life is to impact other’s in a positive way. 

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

I bring high energy and excitement to the field. I work for success, I don’t work to just get through practice. I come with a plan that forces me to lock into every rep, with that mindset brings energy naturally. I bring intensity, motivation, and desire to be great. I try to lead and push others around me on the field. 

4.How do you prepare for games?

I usually start by watching film and breaking down individual matchups, then I study the concepts by downs and run tendencies. I study the tendencies through motions, rock back fits and things like that.

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

My favorite thing about playing for Western Kentucky is being around a great group of people that demand success. The constant development this team has had since I got here in 2019. Coach Helton brought a standard to Western and we bought in. Coach Crum also has come with a new mindset, a new sense of urgency since becoming defensive coordinator this year. That will bring even more success than we’ve had in the past years. I know the offense is working to light up the scoreboard. This team can be special this year. 

6.What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

My coverage, physicality, and IQ. I take pride in the weight room, knowing my opponent, and winning my one on one matchups. I want to make plays anytime I’m on the field, whether it’s special teams or on defense. At the nickel position, I also have the ability to effect the quarterback.

7.What is your favorite workout?

All of them but I put an emphasis on bench press because I know that’s one of the areas I’ll be tested at the combine/pro day. As I said, I take pride in the weight, I try to work on the little things as far as flexibility, body control, and balance. 

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

Both sides of my family bring athleticism but my dad is a record-holding former player at the University of Louisville as a defensive back so football is in my blood. For as long as I can remember, since the age of 2, all I wanted was a helmet and shoulder pads. I played basketball in high school until I decided to put total focus on football.

9.How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I put my trust in God to handle the situations beyond me. As far as the ones I can handle, I work on a daily basis to improve my physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. I’m honest with myself but I try to always stay positive and lift people around me.

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

A team will get a natural-born leader, dawg, a competitor who loves football and loves to win. A player who brings energy and juice to workouts, practice, and games. I’m a student in meetings and always looking forward to take the next step.

11.What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I’m looking forward to making plays with my brothers, whom I’ve been working hard with. We’ve been putting it all on the line, making the sacrifices we need to become a great team. We have high potential as one.

12.What do you love about the game of football?

There’s always been something about football since I was young. The buckle of the helmet, strapping up the shoulder pads, clicking of the cleats. The physicality that comes with football, playing fast but militant. Making plays all over the field with my team. Football is my safe place, somewhere I know I can be myself. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

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