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2022 NFL Prospect Interview: Romario Johnson, S, Wingate University

Romario Johnson the former QB with a high football IQ has made the transition to safety look easy. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds scout Jimmy Williams
  • Name: Romario Johnson
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: Safety 
  • College: Wingate University
  • Twitter: @rayj8_ocho
  • Instagram:@rayj8_ 

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I am a sports management major and currently working on my Masters Degree. I currently mentor a handful of middle school kids. I also help raise awareness for people with autism and different disabilities.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My teammates say that my best qualities are being a good communicator on and off the field. They also think that I’m good at knowing things on the field before it happens. They also say that I am good at leading by example.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I am very versatile and I am able to play in the box and also the high safety if need be. I can get from sideline to sideline. I can also make tackles in the box and even open field space. We play every coverage and all this is shown on film.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Major Bellamy Jr is one of the best receivers I lined up against when I started playing DB full time. He was very quick and had great hands. His team did whatever to get him the ball in any situation.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Sirod Cook, he missed a season due to an injury and the way he has come back has been unbelievable. He has been dominating the game and also became a leader on the team.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
Coming out of high school, I was an all-state quarterback and broke many records but was not heavily recruited at the time because of my height. The opportunity came at a junior college for me to change positions and I have gained a lot of success with it. I was able to go to a D1 and also shine at D2. Making this switch to Safety made the game easier for me, and I can play a lot faster.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
It would either be baseball or basketball. These were the first two sports I ever played. In baseball, I played center field and batted third or fourth throughout my time playing. In basketball, I grew up playing the 3 and the 4. I stopped playing my sophomore year of high school because of football.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
My biggest accomplishment is not giving up on myself. Continuing to beat the odds and betting on myself. Doing this helps me experience life in a different way ,and I see that life is a grind everyday for what you want.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My most memorable play up to this point is when we played Tusculum University, and we were up 23-20. They had the chance to tie the football game with a field goal. I was able to come free and block the field goal in a close game.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Sean Taylor and Ed Reed. I remember when I was younger and my cousin played at Miami I was able to watch them play. More so in the pros, I love how Sean Taylor was always around the ball and dominating the game, as well as Ed Reed and how he had QBs scared to put the ball near him.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
My favorite artist is Fabolous. He does not have one song that I don’t like. He has his own sound and flow. A good playlist gets me ready for any game.

What is your favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is beef nachos that my mom makes. It’s very simple but it’s one of my favorite things right now.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite movie is The Longest Yard. I liked how they came together at the end, and it is also funny.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time, I listen to music or look at charts for trading. I play the game from time to time, and I also read different books as well.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I fell in love with the game by watching my cousin when I was growing up. Going to his games when he went to Carol City and eventually Miami. I knew it was for me. Now, I play for my brothers because they look up to me and love to watch me play.

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