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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Justin Chase, OL, East Carolina University

Justin Chase ECU 2022
ECU left tackle Justin Chase recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Justin Chase
  • Position: OL ( I start LT but have played RT thought year and OG last year as well)
  • College: East Carolina Grad Transfer(original 4 years NC State)
  • Height: 6’5
  • Weight: 310
  • Twitter: @justinchase_73
  • Instagram: _justinchase

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

I feel that my versatility to be able to play more than one position makes me a good prospect. Also to be able to have it on film to back it up is invaluable.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I did not truly start playing football until my junior year of High School.

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

That I am persistent! I will make sure something gets done. If I give you my word it will be executed, because I am a perfectionist.

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

I would like to help with world hunger. There are so many inequities regarding that issue, even here in the United States. If we are able to support someone that is less fortunate than us we should. God put us on this earth to help and to be a blessing to others.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

All a man has is his word. Once you lose that you’re nothing.

Who was your childhood hero?

My mother and father. Just seeing how they were able to juggle so many things and treat each one as if it was a priority. From being Pastors, Entrepreneurs, and most of all Great Parents, they really did it all!

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

My whole team. People and the media think we are the ECU of the past years. When in reality we are the ECU of now. We have so much talent. We can stand toe to toe with anyone and beat them.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

One thing I can’t stand is a liar. People who usually lie are ones that will make excuses and shortcuts in life. They are hindering their ability to amount to what they could be, and receive what God has for them.

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

Being told for the first time that I wasn’t good enough. For something that I worked hard for and dedicated everything to. In regards to what I am talking about, is my past experience at my previous school NC State. I barely played there for four years, but one thing I have learned and that helped me grow as a man was to use that as the fuel to do better. I feel like a lot of people get it wrong when they’re trying to show what they truly are . They feel like they have to fight back by using their words, but the best way to do it is to succeed and do it with dignity. Because everything happens for a reason and it just brings you to where you are supposed to be now.

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

My teammates, that’s what makes this place special. When you’re able to form a true bond with other men and form a brotherhood. It makes anything you do more enjoyable. Especially when you come together from all different backgrounds but you’re here for one common goal, one mission. And that is to be successful in what you do.

What is your favorite snack food?

Carmel Rice Cakes

What is the best part of football?

The bonds with your teammates and coaches. And to be able to take built up aggression out and being applauded for it.

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

I am a persistent hard-working individual, who will represent you well, and hold himself to high standards, values, and morals.

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

Tyron Smith I believe that we share the same attributes. We are patient in our play but that same time will get after anyone. But then when you step off the field be a great humanitarian.

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

It would be Martin Luther King, so that I can ask what in him pushed him to be where he was. A young man leading such a pivotal movement in World Histroy. Next would be Magic Johnson, so that I can pick his brain to understand how to be as successful as you can life outside of professional sports. Once you’re done. Lastly , it would be Bishop Charles Harrison Mason who is the founder of the Church of God in Christ Inc. I want to simple just ask him about seeking the Lord and just to listen and hear the wisdom that I know would come from him.

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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