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NFL Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Jaton Roberts, Defensive Back

Jaton Roberts Free Agent Defensive Back
Free Agent defensive back Jaton Roberts recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen. Check it out!

Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football players. So I hope you all read this interview about Jaton and follow his journey on social media!

1.What is your typical training routine?

  • Weekday- 5 am wakeup. Stretch/run. Pool workout. Breakfast. 4pm Workout with weights. Every other day speed training. Weekend- pool workout/ cardio, fieldwork.

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

  • Deion Sanders of course. And because he set the mold for how a DB should be. Mentally/physically on and off the field.

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

  • Contagious, once teammates see how turned up I am they respond on the field and it turns into a snowball effect. But also once in the game I’m focused. Tunnel vision.

4. What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

  • Height, IQ of the game, game day swag, and how I carry myself while off the field.

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

  • Mom was always gone due to the Army and I needed an outlet. Plus due to my height, I hated being told what position I couldn’t play. Which is also why I chose to play CB.

6. What are you hoping to achieve as a football player going forward?

  • Honestly I want to be more than a camp body and more than a workout guy when my film shows that I can compete with the top WRs in any league I can compete in. Want my name to be solidified when being spoken of in any league given the opportunity.

7. What should we know about Jaton Roberts the person?

  • Father. Friend. Veteran. Love the game of football as anyone I know will tell you. If I eat so will everyone else around me.

8. What is your favorite coverage and why?

  • Man coverage. Mostly due to me being tall and high IQ of the game. Film study plays a lot into it as well. Also with the  addition of being physical at the line.

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

  • I pray that the things I can not change or control will be handled in the right way and I think about my kids. Plus I watch who I keep in my circle. Positive energy. On the field I let my pads speak. I practice the way I play so there’s no excuses.

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

  • They would get someone who brings accountability and leadership. Whoever I play, the DB unit, always gonna be family and gonna be treated as such. A team will get someone who brings the tempo to the defense at all times. No games or bs.

11. What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

  • Jan. 20, 2014. The day my mother passed away. Was still in the Army and just came back from Afghanistan as my mom was on hospice. I felt like everything left me. My mom knew how I loved football and I was depressed for months till I decided to join the base flag team at JBLM. Everything changed then. Mentally mostly, and stuck with football. Got a memorial tatted on me and moved forward ever since.

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

  • The fact that it’s brought me out of depression and given me another life I would’ve never dreamed of. Not everything went how it was supposed to but at the end of the day it’s still football. From putting on a helmet to stepping on the field to studying film. I love everything about it.

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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