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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ismail Abdul, DB, Cumberland University

Ismail Abdul the shutdown defensive back from Cumberland University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Ismail Abdul the shutdown defensive back from Cumberland University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Ismail Abdul
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: Cumberland University
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 189
  • Twitter: @Ishflash1
  • Instagram: @ishflash

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

  • My speed, body control & athleticism.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • 7 years old

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

  • I was raised by an Olympian. (Father)

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

  • Donate to help children with disabilities.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • The best advice I have ever received is that you can’t put unleaded in a Maserati, referring to the human body. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My father is my childhood hero.

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

  • Johnathan Singleton.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • Biggest pet peeve is not being told the truth.

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

  • Having to bear with not having my uncle anymore.

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

  • My school is a pretty calm environment and fun to be in, & this school is special to me because I transferred from one D1 to another and wasn’t able to receive a waiver for my third D1 school. My home now has accepted me when time was running out.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Clif bar

What is the best part of football? 

  • The best part of football is making big plays when the game is on the line.

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

  • Light

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

  • Tyrann Mathieu

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

  • My parents and my uncle because they paved the way for me to get where I’m at now.

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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