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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Malik White, RB, Pacific Lutheran University

Malik White the star running back from Pacific Lutheran University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Malik White 
  • Position: RB
  • College: Pacific Lutheran University 
  • Height: 5’8
  • Weight: 185
  • Twitter: m_nasty44
  • Instagram: 2leek8

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

  • What makes me a top prospect is my diversity in playing style. I believe I have the ability to be an efficient running back both between the tackles and in space. I also believe that I am able to contribute in the passing game both as a receiving threat and as a pass protector, an attribute I pride myself on.

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

  • I’ve been interested in football for just about as long as I can remember, my dad is a big football guy. He played running back for North Carolina A&T 

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

  • One thing NFL teams should know about me is I am a humble servant warrior, ready to make an impact and put others first. But this does not take away from my competitiveness or desire to compete.

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

  • I would donate to the cause of reducing homelessness in a heartbeat 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • The best advice I ever received was to work hard in whatever I’m doing and to keep god first, no matter what. With hard work and god, the possibilities are endless. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My childhood hero was my dad, he was and is the man. Whenever he came into a room everyone’s mood brightened, knowing jokes were to come. He dressed nice and smelled good every day with amazing swagger. Most importantly he was a hard-working man that valued helping others and wasn’t shy to defend the defenseless. 

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

  • Brennon Blevins is a speedy wideout with the ability to catch a slant and take off as well as contribute to the deep threat game. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • When people chew with their mouths open and create that nasty smacking sound.

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

  • Getting into a freak accident with a deer and totaled my car, heading back to Illinois after summer break 2years ago. I was stuck in Butte Montana for almost 2 weeks. I was at my lowest emotionally and financially. It definitely made me appreciate all things given in life, from a simple hi to having a roof over my head. 

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

  • One thing I like about my school is there is a big emphasis on being 1 school especially when it comes to athletics. With this families seem to be more involved than in previous programs I’ve been a part of. Here you’re made to feel loved and embraced in some way. This is special to me because it shows there are still good people out there who don’t care about race, color, or gender. They just want you to be successful and keep the love going.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • The purple bag of takis are unbeaten 

What is the best part of football? 

  • Football enables me to let go of all the pain and issues going on in the world while providing a platform to make lifelong connections and memories.

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

  • I am a gritty Swiss Army knife with the ability to make a game changing impact wherever I am on the field.

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

  • Dalvin Cook, I’ve spent hours and hours studying his film and interviews.

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

  • The first person I would invite would be Jerome Bettis. This is due largely to how he carried himself. When I first started playing running back I was very overweight, easily failing the eye test for a running back. People expected me to be slow and have terrible mechanics, constantly putting me down. He kept me up and paved the way for big backs, showing his elusiveness and resolve to criticism. So for him, it would be a bit of a star-struck invite. Next, I’d invite Gordon Ramsey, I’d like to try and pick his brain apart to see how his aggressive leading impacts his core values and morals. I also want him to give me some cooking pointers because I suck. I’m good for a nice roast beef sandwich and extraordinary deviled eggs, other than that it’s questionable. Last but not least I’d invite my brother Demario, who passed away my freshman year of high school. It would be nice to just see his face and have a real genuine conversation with him. I just know he would have some type of knowledge about the world he would want to give me.

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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